Gone West: Nadezhda Popova | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.20.17

Airborne
03.21.17

Airborne
03.22.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.24.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 03.23.17

Airborne
03.20.17

Airborne
03.21.17

Airborne
03.22.17

Airborne
03.23.17

Airborne 03.24.17

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17

Tue, Dec 31, 2013

Gone West: Nadezhda Popova

Russian Woman Piloted 'Night Witch' Converted Ag Planes During WWII

One of Russia's woman pilots who flew ag planes converted into bombers during WWII has passed away at the age of 91.

Nadezhda Popova flew airplanes called "Night Witches" by the Nazis. They were so dubbed because of the sound made by the plywood and canvas aircraft which the Germans likened to that of a witch's broomstick.

The "Night Witches" were crediting with dropping 23,000 tons of bombs on German troops invading Russia in some 30,000 missions, according to a report in the New York Times. The women were all volunteers who became legends in their time, but are now largely forgotten. They flew only at night with no parachutes, guns, radios, or radar, navigating with only maps and a compass. A hit from a tracer bullet would often cause the airplanes to burst into flames. The women flew as many as 18 missions each night, and a German pilot who shot one down was awarded an Iron Cross.

Popova had been one of the first to volunteer for the service. She is credited with flying 852 missions. She said in an interview for the book "Operation Typhoon: Hitler's March on Moscow, October 1941" by David Stahel that she was driven to join both by patriotism and revenge. Her brother had been killed in one of the first waves of German attacks on the Soviet Union in June of 1941.

Popova learned to fly at age 15 in a flying club. After earning her wings, she became an instructor.

The maximum speed of the modified Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches was slower than the stall speed of the Messerschmitts being flown by the Germans, which reportedly made them difficult to target and shoot down. They were also very maneuverable. Still, Popova was shot down several times, but was never badly injured, she said.

After the war, Popova lived in Moscow and worked as a flight instructor. She was named a Hero of the Soviet Union and had been awarded the Gold Star, the Order of Lenin, and the Order of the Red Star.

(Po-2 Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Image Credit Russavia)

FMI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Witches

Advertisement

More News

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singa>[...]

AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives! The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carr>[...]

Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this>[...]

Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently>[...]

Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC