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Air Transport Auxiliary

By Jasper87  
North Weald airfield again. This is Kira, one of the re-enactors wearing the uniform of the ATA.

Wikipedia - "The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) was a British civilian organisation set up during the Second World War and headquartered at White Waltham Airfield that ferried new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between factories, assembly plants, transatlantic delivery points, maintenance units (MUs), scrap yards, and active service squadrons and airfields, but not to naval aircraft carriers. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and performed some air ambulance work. Notably, some of its pilots were women, and from 1943 they received equal pay to their male co-workers, a first for the British government."

Tags: Spitfire Uniform North weald Portraits and people ATA TLE

Voters: konig, saltireblue, mike9005 and 55 more

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saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 36 Norway
1 Oct 2019 8:50AM
The ATA members are a very much unsung, underestimated contribution to the war effort.

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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 100 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2019 8:53AM
Great use of depth of field in this fine portrait.

The ATA women pilots were groundbreaking war sheros.
1 Oct 2019 8:54AM
A fabulous image and stunning young lady, Dave. All the right elements for the shot.

JohnSmile
1 Oct 2019 10:21AM
Great shot Dave and the inclusion of the decal under the wing nicely visible😊
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2019 10:55AM
Lovely use of depth of field, Dave.

Ken.
Howard2 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2019 11:17AM
This is a very good pic. and I wish it were mine. It would be even better had you taken a half-step to the right so the head masked out whatever is sticking up from the aircraft, and bring her face closer to the out-of-focus pilot thereby unifying these two important people. It would also have given more of the front end of the aircraft. But still an image to be pleased and proud of.
1 Oct 2019 12:29PM
Beautiful work!
1 Oct 2019 12:37PM
Superb portrait...
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2019 1:19PM
A charming capture
Ju
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 12 England
1 Oct 2019 1:44PM
A fine portrait, Dave, good use of depth of field, the plane (pun intended!) background providing extra interest. I have a sheepskin flying jacket similar to this that I bought many years ago, and it's extremely warm in cold weather - trouble is, I've expanded a bit around the middle and it's now too tight to zip up! 😦
In answer to your question on my 'Intra Market' upload, I didn't buy one of the hats, I already had one on - my Tilley hat, which keeps the sun off my face in sunny weather and my head dry if it's raining! 😁
Trev 😀
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
1 Oct 2019 4:51PM
I read about the ATA girls in a book entitled "Spitfire Girls". very important job!
(You are bringing my childhood back--- as my Dad was a recon pilot --P-51 mustang--) Thanks!
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2019 5:34PM
Excellent Dave. Often the girls would put their make up on immediately after landing.
Peter.
1 Oct 2019 6:02PM
Good composition & superb image Dave
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2019 12:31PM
Beautiful shot. I like the overall composition.
Isabel GrinGrin
2 Oct 2019 3:37PM
Great shot
TornadoTys 4 27 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2019 12:23PM
A well balance portrait with interesting nostalgia back ground.
Well themed, good composition image


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