for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.
how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever
girl pilots (◕‿◕✿)
girl pilots killing nazis ✧･ﾟ: *✧･ﾟ:* \(◕ヮ◕✿)/ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
But, remember, women never did anything in history.
I’m reblogging this again. Always reblogging. Always
it’s not taught because its entirely false. The Polikarpov 2 (the biplane they used) is a reliable plane, and did not suffer engine failures! It is with good reason one of the most produced planes, and possibly the most produced biplane ever! Its simple and reliable design coupled with an out standing low stall speed (a strong breeze could lift you into the air) The Po 2 was designed for civilian and training use but due to the state of the Russian airforce they got pressed into service as bombers. It wasn’t exactly outdated, tough designed in 1928, just pushed into a different role. The Po 2 was also abysmally slow, is Max speed was lower than the stall speed of the German fighters! This made them surprisingly hard to shoot down, as the Germans had no choice but to over shoot and have to go around Made worse by how agile the Po 2 was and the poor low speed performance of the German fighters meaning the Po 2 could easily out turn the fighters and force them to disengage. And even if the fighters did get the Po 2 in its sights it took a lot of bullets to put one down, as the rudimentary construction of wood and canvas could survive having plenty of holes punched though it and still be perfectly controllable. The night witches (who did exist and are the only non slanderous part the original post),used the Po2 for night attacks, by putting the engine to idle throttle they could glide the final distance to the target under the cover of night and with no sound to alert the target till it was too late they made many successful strikes. The main effect was sapping moral, as the night attacks denied the soldiers sleep not only due to attacks but for fear of the attacks. In short; the Po 2 is a reliable plane that doesn’t deserve the hate tumblr gives it.