Death of Vivacious ‘Spitfire Girl’

Joy Lofthouse as an ATA pilot. (VIA MELODY FOREMAN)

THE DEATH has been announced of former ATA pilot, Joy Lofthouse, writes Melody Foreman.

“I was once told by a test pilot how the Spitfire was a lady in the air but a bitch on the ground! There is so much power there. Once she’s flying, she’s really flying. It was a beautiful aircraft to fly and so very responsive. The Spitfire is a lady’s aircraft through and through. Although I don’t think the designer R J Mitchell had us girls in mind when he imagined who would be at the controls!”, so announced Joy Lofthouse during my interview with her for my book projects.

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