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Battle Of Britain

  • August 21st, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

battle-britain.jpgPilots from the Battle of Britain paraded in London on the 70th anniversary (20.8.10) of Winston Churchill’s speech in parliament commemorating “the few”.

HEROES

The air defence of  the United Kingdom in the Summer of 1940 was a major set-back to the Axis war machine and inspired a beleaguered public

churchill-wikipedia.jpg“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”, said the Prime Minister of the day.

AEROPLANES

spitfire.jpgOther heroes were the celebrated aircraft, the Hurricanes and Spitfires, a few of which have been devotedly preserved, and were airborne this week.

spitfire-turns-videolifetk.jpgThe Supermarine Spitfire was an advanced all-metal aircraft with very powerful engine, the fastest of its era.

Records show different aircraft in use through into the 1950s, by 36 countries including Australia, the United States, and, presumably captured, by Nazi Germany.
hurricane.jpg

The Hawker Hurricane as a simpler design could be rushed into production, as it was, the first version built with fabric wing covering.

According to legend the Hawker company, to side-step short-sightedness among the military community of the day, pretended to design it as a bi-plane — removing the “top wing” when the time came to honour the contract and produce a modern fighter.

Reference

Wikipedia, “Supermarine Spitfire”, “Hawker Hurricane”, www.wikipedia.org, (21.8.10).
Images

airmuseumuk,org, ww2aircraft.net, aces.safarihovi.org, videolife.tk

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