The ATA Girls: W5
Catalogue Number: CTV768
Subject: Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, History, Social Studies, Women's Studies
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2018
Running Time: 20
WWII Trailblazers. Meet the Canadian women pilots who ferried war planes to the front lines.
The ATA was created on the eve of the war to ferry war planes all over the United Kingdom. It used civilian pilots to get the planes into position. Often the ATA pilots flew planes straight from the factories to the operational fields. The ATA freed up the Royal Air Force pilots to do battle in the skies over Britain and Europe against the German Luftwaffe. Finding enough civilian pilots was a challenge for the ATA.
Through the war years, more than 1,300 pilots ferried planes in Britain. The need for more and more pilots led the ATA to what was then considered a revolutionary solution. It turned to women pilots from around the world and 166 women were hired and trained to fly the planes of war. The women flew everything from training planes like the Tiger Moth to fighter planes, including the Hurricane and the Spitfire.
Includes W5 Extended Interview: (2:33)
Shirley Render was a pilot and is Executive Director Emeritus of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. She speaks with Sandie Rinaldo about some of the challenges pilots who ferried aircraft for the ATA faced.
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