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Female WWII pilot takes flight again

In our NewsHour Shares video of the day, 92-year-old Joy Lofthouse was a member of an all-female division of British pilots during World War II. Seventy years later, she returns to the cockpit.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Finally tonight, our NewsHour Shares of the day, something that caught our eye which might be of interest to you, too.

    Joy Lofthouse is a World War II veteran, a member of an all-female division of British pilots called the ATA Girls, part of the air transport auxiliary. Seventy years after her last flight, the 92-year-old went back aboard a Spitfire aircraft earlier this month. The BBC was there to capture her ascent.

  • QUESTION:

    You don't want me to ask you how are you feeling, do you?

    (LAUGHTER)

  • JOY LOFTHOUSE, World War II Veteran:

    Well, excited, but aware of my age, so hoping that things go OK. I'm not as confident as I did when I used to fly alone, when I was young.

  • QUESTION:

    What is so special about going in a Spitfire?

  • JOY LOFTHOUSE:

    It was the iconic plane, the nearest thing to having wings of your own and flying that I have known. It's a beautiful day, couldn't be a better day.

  • MAN:

    OK, Joy, when you're ready, you have control.

  • JOY LOFTHOUSE:

    It's so incredible to be in a Spitfire again. It almost makes one feel young again.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    That is why they call her an ATA girl.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    You have got to hand it to her.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Oh, yes.

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