Fifteen Spitfires

Recreating the Battle of Britain

The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Of course, the the famous lines from Sir Winston Churchill.

The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and it was Germany’s attempt to force Britain to negotiate a  surrender. ‘The Few’ were 2,353 young men from Great Britain and 574 from overseas, both pilots and aircrew.  544 lost their lives during the  the Battle, and another 791 were killed in action before the wars end. It was a major defeat for Germany and one of the turning points of the war.

The Brits have sought to honor those men in this air show (Footage from PlanesTV). It’s a much  different mix of planes than we normally see over here.


4 responses to “Fifteen Spitfires

  1. Spitfires have such a beautiful profile. A friend of mine, who is an artist and has no interest in aeroplanes, saw one the other day and remarked to me how beautiful it looked. Except for that ugly second cockpit.

    • They do. A good planform and an agressive look. Part of the Spitfire’s charm is it’s association with a courageous fight against terrific odds. If you head to Oshkosh, (no better reason to make the long trip to the states!) you’ll see numerous WWII fighters in the air (i.e.P-51’s) but a Spitfire is a very rare bird in up here.
      Besides, winter is coming in Oz. It’ll be nice and warm here July 25th.

  2. Winter in Sydney is very mild – unlikely to get below 15 degrees C during the day. Plus it’s the best flying weather. I definitely want to see Oshkosh one day, though. Duxford in September is on the list, too. Warbirds in Wanaka in New Zealand is another one. And Temora. And the Smithsonian.

    • Wanaka and Temora were new to me but understand why they’d be on the bucket list, especially with the Austrailia Air Force background.
      I do envy the flying weather. Winter in Chicago means ice and snow which doesn’t preclude flying. It just means a lot less of it.

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