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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Return of the Polikarpov Po-2 Biplane

A partisan airplane, the Polikarpov Po-2, during World War II.
(Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
During WW2, the Russians, always at the forefront of women's rights (wait, what?), trained up a bunch of women to fly these antiquated biplanes and sent them on bombing missions over Germany.
History.com has the story.

Women pilots of the “Night Witches” receiving orders for an up-coming raid.
(Credit: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)
How effective they were is open to debate, but they did drop several kilotons of bombs on the Germans and they didn't lose too many people, so I guess you could call that a success.

I'm posting this because the Po-2 has appeared here before. That time was during the Korean War.

Via Knuckledraggin My Life Away

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