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Diana Barnato Walker

Diana Barnato Walker   submitted on Thu, 05/08/2008 - 16:33 in Obituaries Group by Serginho

If the old-fashioned designation aviatrix were still current, it would undoubtedly be the terminology with which to describe Diana Barnato Walker. A dashing, petite woman, she had begun flying in the era of the pioneers Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart. She served during the Second World War as a ferry pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, in which women played a vital role in delivering new aircraft from factories to RAF and Fleet Air Arm squadrons, coming to the aid of the available reserve of hard-pressed men pilots. She continued flying well into the jet age, and in 1963 became the first woman member of the “Ten-Ton Club” when she piloted an English Electric Lightning jet trainer at a speed considerably exceeding 1,000mph.

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