Joy Lofthouse is not your average Spitfire pilot. For starters, Lofthouse is 92 years old, and she hasn't flown a plane in almost 70 years. But that didn't stop her from taking to the skies recently to fly a Spitfire again — for the first time since World War II.

Lofthouse is one of the few surviving female pilots to fly a Spitfire during the war. She first flew Spitfire planes after joining the Air Transport Auxiliary in 1943, along with her sister. The pair were two of the 164 female pilots (also called Attagirls,) who transported planes back and forth from the front lines. In a 2009 interview with the Daily Mail, Lofthouse explained what it was like to fly during war times:

"When the war broke out, all our boyfriends would talk about was flying. So when we saw the advert we both decided to apply. Once we were there, there was no sex discrimination. In fact, I don’t think those words had been invented back then. It really was the best job to have during the war because it was exciting, and we could help the war effort. In many ways we were trailblazers for female pilots in the RAF."
Last month, Lofthouse got the opportunity to get back into the pilot's seat, thanks to the help of a co-pilot at the Boultbee Flight Academy in the United Kingdom's Chichester. Before the flight, Lofthouse told BBC News that she was "excited, but aware of my age so hoping that things go okay." Afterword, she described the experience as “lovely: it was perfect,” and it made her feel "quite young.”

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