GUEST COLUMN/Stuart Sanders: Speed to burn: Kentucky’s pioneering aviator Willa Brown Chappell

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Mary Ellis, one of the last surviving female pilots from World War II, died on July 25 at age 101.

A member of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force, Ellis delivered fighter planes and bombers from factories to air bases.  She is estimated to have flown more than 1,000 Spitfires, Hurricanes, Lancaster bombers and other aircraft during the war.

These were, however, no simple deliveries. Ellis faced constant danger, including German fighters and friendly fire. She also once suffered a crash landing when her Spitfire’s landing gear jammed.

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