For the first time in 70 years, a 92-year-old World War II veteran is flying again to mark VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, which celebrates Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces in WWII.
Joy Lofthouse was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during WWII, where she would fly planes along without radio devices now used by pilots to communicate, according to the BBC.
The ATA often shuttled Royal Air Force and Royal Navy planes between factories and maintenance units in Britain before they went on to squadrons on the front line.
Lofthouse flew 18 aircrafts throughout WWII, but said the Spitfire was her favorite.
“It was the iconic plane,” she told the BBC. “The Spitfire lasted much longer than [the Hurricane] because it was such a wonderful aeroplane, I think. [It is] the nearest thing to having wings of your own and flying.”
Before taking to skies, she said, “I’m excited but aware of my age,” adding: “I’m not as confident as I [was] when I used to fly them alone when I was young.”
Lofthouse was joined by another pilot on this occasion but was handed full control of the aircraft once it was in the sky.
She described the experience as “lovely.”
“It made me feel quite young,” Lofthouse said.
Check out her flying skills in the video below: