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World War II: Soviet Union
Russian aircraft of WWII
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Night Witches
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United Kingdom
Joined: June 11, 2003
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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 09:57 AM UTC
Hi there

I just came across an interesting BBC Radio 4 documentary about Soviet women pilots in WW2. It's still availabe to listen to on the BBC iPlayer for another few days:


All the best

United Kingdom
Joined: March 08, 2009
KitMaker: 719 posts
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Posted: Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 10:45 AM UTC
I listened to this earlier in the week, and had an urge to make Lidya Litvyak's Yak-1 (yellow 44) or Yak-1b (white 23). I liked the idea of the legendary, but probably fictional 'white lily' marking on the side (if it did exist, it was probably a Madonna Lily, which explains why it could have been confused for a white rose). I have too many projects going on, so I pulled my self away from the idea... for now....
Alberta, Canada
Joined: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 02:44 AM UTC
Thank-you so much for sharing the broadcast Rowan .

You don't here to much about Woman in earlier history of aviation . Very enjoyable indeed
Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 08:48 AM UTC
I've built a model of a Nachthexe's craft before...Lilya Litvyak's Yak-1, Yellow 44. I felt really good building it, rather than an anonymous craft with time-period-correct markings. It was like I was preserving history, and a person's legacy. It had a higher meaning building it, and I was very proud to have it displayed on my shelf.