Spitfire Sisters (DVD)

Spitfire Sisters (DVD)

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Spitfire Sisters (DVD)

Spitfire Sisters (DVD)

One of Britain's greatest achievements during the Second World War was the mobilisation of women on an unprecedented scale. This documentary looks at some of the most remarkable of these women, ferry pilots who flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Their role was to make sure that the right aircraft were in the right place, a role that saw them pilot just about every British military aircraft of the Second World War, from basic trainers to the Meteor jet fighter.

At the heart of the documentary are a series of interviews with the dwindling band of survivors of the ATA. The outstanding impression one gets from the interviews is of a love of flying in particular and of the Spitfire in particular. You also can't help but be impressed with their nonchalant attitude to being asked to ferry types of aircraft they had never flown before (or even seen before), often with only the 'ferry pilot's notes' to guide them.

After many years of obscurity the contribution made by the ferry pilots of the ATA is now being recognised, with both a memorial and a medal in the last decade. This documentary and the interviews with the surviving pilots, many now in their 90s, should play a valuable role in continuing this process, showing the people behind the achievements.

Edition: DVD
Length: 50 minutes
Publisher: Fact not Fiction Films
Year: 2010

Dorothy Dandridge

Actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge found early success in show business by performing with her sister, leading to her first appearances in film. Following her star turn in the 1954 musical Carmen Jones, she became the firstꂯrican American to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. Dandridge found it difficult to replicate that success, and her final years were marred by personal and professional problems, until her death at age 42 in 1965.

2. His mother was one tough lady.

Growing up, Agrippina the Elder had a close relationship with her grandfather, the Emperor Augustus, who personally oversaw her education. After marrying Germanicus, she defied tradition by accompanying him on his military campaigns in Germania, reportedly acting as an adviser and diplomat. When Germanicus died under suspicious circumstances, Agrippina boldly accused one of his rivals of poisoning him. A prominent figure in political circles, she also spoke out against Augustus’ successor Tiberius, whom she hated. All this rabble-rousing didn’t sit well with the emperor, who had Agrippina flogged—supposedly until she lost an eye. She then starved herself to death while in prison, four years before her son Caligula came into power.

Watch the video: Spitfire Sisters, women of the ATA