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Offline P-Kasso2

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The fastest woman on earth?
« on: 06 June, 2018, 03:12:39 PM »
I've just been reading about Barbara Barnato-Walker - OK I know you've probably never heard of her (and I admit I hadn't until a week or so ago).

But she was one of those many incredibly brave, intrepid but unsung women during WW2 who flew brand-new Spitfires and Lancaster bombers solo from the factories to wherever the RAF needed them, to the front line included. Brave or what?

Diana Barnato-Walker carried on flying after the War too but...

The really big stunner is this... On August 26th 1963 Barbara Barnato-Walker actually broke the sound barrier in a Lightning fighter jet (wow!) setting the airspeed world record for women of Mach 1.65 - that's 1,262 mph! Think of it. 1,262 mph! That's almost twice the speed of sound. Some going!

My question is this...Does her record still stand as the fastest woman in the world in the air? All I can find are world airspeed records for men. Typical!


Has her record 1,262 mph ever been beaten?

And, if so, who is  the fastest woman in the air now? Like I say, all I can find are world airspeed records for men.

I reckon 1,262 mph is something to beat. Have any women pilots done it since 1963?



Interesting PS...You can read much more about these brave wartime lady flyers on...

http://www.messynessychic.com/2015/07/28/beauties-and-their-bombers-meet-the-top-gun-heroines-of-ww2/

There are plenty of pics and, be warned, some of these brave war-time female fliers are really foxy ladies!
« Last Edit: 06 June, 2018, 06:17:14 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: The fastest woman on earth?
« Reply #1 on: 07 June, 2018, 09:26:13 AM »
Many women have gone faster, albeit perhaps not all of them at the yoke of the plane. But I will throw another Barbara into the ring, with Barbara Harmer, who was the first qualified female Concorde pilot. And Concorde, as any fool knows, had a cruising speed of Mach 2.04, aka 1,354 mph.
Other notable pilots include Jacqueline Auriol, who did actually go faster than your record earlier than it was set (according to Wiki, so it must be right), flying at 1,266.79 mph over a 100km course. She was also a Concorde test pilot.
The last female Concorde pilot was Beatrice Vialle, who I presume also got to fly rather quickly.

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Re: The fastest woman on earth?
« Reply #2 on: 07 June, 2018, 01:13:01 PM »
Many women have gone faster, albeit perhaps not all of them at the yoke of the plane. But I will throw another Barbara into the ring, with Barbara Harmer, who was the first qualified female Concorde pilot. And Concorde, as any fool knows, had a cruising speed of Mach 2.04, aka 1,354 mph.
Other notable pilots include Jacqueline Auriol, who did actually go faster than your record earlier than it was set (according to Wiki, so it must be right), flying at 1,266.79 mph over a 100km course. She was also a Concorde test pilot.
The last female Concorde pilot was Beatrice Vialle, who I presume also got to fly rather quickly.

Good answer mate. But at least my Barbara (Barnato-Walker) at least saw her 1963 record stand (or fly) for six long years until the first mighty Concorde lifted off in 1969.

I still think it is a great shame that lady pilots receive nix publicity compared to their hairy male counterparts. I didn't even know that there were ever any female Concorde pilots. There's something very wrong there.
« Last Edit: 07 June, 2018, 01:14:41 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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