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Girls flying airplanes

Today I read something that made me feel very old, and rather uneasy. On my friend’s Lucy’s blog she was talking about the latest Marvel movie, the one featuring Captain Marvel, and she observed that while comic-book-based films have a number of drawbacks, she still welcomes a movie that might inspire some young girl to become a jet pilot or an astronaut.
And I was drinking to that, when somebody commented…

I can’t see what’s good about suggesting to a girl to become a pilot

And my head hit the desktop with a deep, hollow Tunc!, like a wooden bowl.

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Why not keep going?

amy-johnsonDo they still have aviation races?

OK, let’s start from the beginning.

Amy Johnson was one of those women that always fascinated me – as a person, and as a representative of a category, a group of people.
Amy Johnson was an aviatrix.
Now, maybe today the  term is exist and politically incorrect, but I live at the borders of the Empire, so I can shrug it off – Amy Johnson was a pilot, a flyer, and yes, an aviatrix.
She took to the sky escaping a career as a solicitor in London.

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