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de Havilland Mosquito

The Mosquito was a twin engine fast fighter bomber, with an airframe that was largely constructed in a composite of wood layers and adhesive. Its history can be related back to the de Havilland company’s earlier projects, in particular the … Continue reading

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Consolidated B24 Liberator

The Liberator, commonly referred to simply by its model number ‘B24’ was an American four engine heavy bomber, carrying a crew of at least 7, developed by the Consolidated Aircraft Company, California. It was designed against a specification from the … Continue reading

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Spitfires, Hurricanes and Czechs

When I was younger, I used to attend a couple of air displays each year in pursuance of my lifelong interest in aviation. But it’s been six years since I went to a display – until today. My wife Vee … Continue reading

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Vickers Wellington

The Wellington (nicknamed the ‘Wimpey’) was a twin engine medium bomber, in service with the RAF at the outset of WW2, carrying a crew of six. It was the best of its type available to the RAF until the heavy … Continue reading

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Vickers Supermarine Spitfire

The Spitfire was the inspired design by Reginald J Mitchell, a young engineer who completed his apprenticeship in a Stoke-on-Trent locomotive works, in search of the stimulation offered by the fledgling aeronautical industry. In 1917 he secured employment at the … Continue reading

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Hawker Hurricane

The Hurricane was the mainstay fighter aircraft of RAF Fighter Command in the early part of World War 2 and in the Battle of Britain were to account for 80% of the aircraft losses sustained by the Luftwaffe. They were … Continue reading

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