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A pilot at Fairlop airfield in Essex has a haircut during a break between sweeps. A Supermarine Spitfire is in the background. 1942.

A Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942

F/O Violet "Vi" Milstead climbs into one of the first Spitfire LF Mk XI fighters at Castle Bromwich in March 1943 to ferry the aircraft to one of the squadrons of the Biggin Hill Wing. The 23-year-old Canadian was one of 166 ATA women, logging 600 hrs while flying 47 types of aircraft, themselves divided in 74 different marks. Sometimes, she had to perch on a parachute sack or her black leather overnight bag just to see the controls.

Due to the non-combat nature of their work, Air Transport Auxilliary used women pilots to deliver aéroplanes to the various units. Here, a Supermarine Spitfire is on its way ~

Pilots of RAF Polish Squadron 303 pose with their Squadron Leader, Jan Zumbach, in front of his Spitfire at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England (October 1942)

Pilots of the famous No 303 Polish Squadron RAF, pose with their Squadron Leader Jan Zumbach in front of his Spitfire at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England - October 1942

Iconic Images of Human Rights Violations (87): "Die Flucht"

In the largest episode of forced migration in history, millions of German-speaking civilians were sent back to Germany from Czechoslovakia and other European countries after World War II, by order of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union.

World War 1 women: The Canaries were women munitions workers who worked with live shells destined for the trenches. Often working with the chemicals turned their skin yellow. Some canaries were discriminated against, some were even banned from entering shops and cafés. After this photo was taken on 1 July, 1918, 250 workers were killed when eight tons of TNT explosive at the factory blew up – we will remember them

Before disaster struck: Women workers stack live shells destined for the trenches at the huge munitions factory at Chilwell in Nottinghamshire in A few months later, on 1 July, 250 workers were killed when eight tons of TNT explosive at.

This is Irina Sebrova, a Soviet pilot in the second world war.
She was the leader of the Night Witches, an all-female bombers regiment.

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

Dehavilland Mosquito, figter bomber. 400mph, 4*.303 machine guns, 4*20mm cannon, 8*60mm rockets. and sometimes bombs as well. Not bad for a flying piano.: Mosquito Aircraft, Military Aircraft, Finest Aircraft, Airplanes, Wood, England Aircraft Mosquito, A

When the Mosquito entered production in it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world.Entering widespread service in the Mosquito first operated as a high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, and continued to opera

The first landing wave on Omaha Beach becomes pinned down; U.S. Rangers begin to scale Pointe-du-Hoc.

“Not believing Rangers could scale cliff under fire, Germans report "enemy warships shoot rope ladders which attach.

Vuelo al amanecer

What could be nicer than setting off on a holiday into a sunset like this. off we go, into the wild blue yonder . flying high, into the sky