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  • The Soviet "Night Witches"

    Short article from the "Retropolis" column in the Washington Post. Talks about the all-female bomber pilots in the Soviet air force. Bombing the German Army at night is rickety biplanes. Remarkable bravery and skill. The only major combatant air force to put women into combat roles. Several longer treatises mentioned in the article and comments, including mention of a display at the Paine Field aircraft museum. I need to learn a little more about them...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/histo...=.0a231c2a7575


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    The Paine Field display is actually part of the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum collection, which is an amalgam of the collections of the late Paul Allen and the also-late Jacques Littlefield. They have a Po-2 biplane of the type depicted here, a prehistoric-looking beast of a rag-and-tube bipe with exposed pulleys and control cables that makes a Stearman look like an F-22.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sea Fury View Post
      They have a Po-2 biplane of the type depicted here, a prehistoric-looking beast of a rag-and-tube bipe with exposed pulleys and control cables that makes a Stearman look like an F-22.
      The Po-2 was a originally a trainer. It was so slow German 109s couldn't shoot it down. They'd just fly right past it before they could ever line up a shot. Even at a stall speed the 109 was still too fast.

      Soviet women also flew Pe-2s which could never be confused with a Po-2. Pe2s were outstanding twin engine heavy fighters and bombers. It was so good that the Soviets were in no urgent rush to produce the Tu-2 which was arguably the best twin engine bomber the war.
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      • #4
        Soviet women made some pretty good snipers too.
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