The Last Flight of The Flying Duchess

Season 4, Episode 16,  Aug 11, 11:20 PM

Mary Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, was some woman. Pioneering ornithologist, nurse, radiographer, jujitsu expert and, well, duchess, when she discovered the magic of flight at the age of 60 it changed everything. Having flown to Cape Town, India and points in between, a quick jaunt to check the extent of flooding in the fens one spring  afternoon in 1937 was the kind of flight she could almost make with her eyes closed.  Then, unseasonably, it started snowing. 

Coastal Stories is researched, written, produced and presented by Charlie Connelly.