RAF Aircraft of the Battle of Britain (Paperback)
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The Battle of Britain is widely considered to be Britain’s finest hour. The ‘Few’ who so bravely fought to save the nation will not be forgotten, nor will they be around forever to recount the heroism of the summer of 1940 first-hand. In contrast, the number of restored and preserved aircraft in our museums and skies is at an all-time high. Authentic warbirds have never been better cared for and formations of 15 or more Spitfires and half a dozen Hurricanes are not unheard of at UK air shows. It is now left to the sights and sounds of these surviving aircraft to remind us of the sacrifices, daring and bravery of those who saved Britain from imminent invasion in 1940. This book features a brief history of all the front-line RAF fighter aircraft that were involved in the famous battle and explores some of the major training and support aeroplanes that contributed to the iconic events. The story is told using over 160 photographs of surviving and restored aircraft in the air, on the ground and in unique formations together.
Lee Chapman is an excellent photographer and writer who has taken it upon himself to document in photographs many of the historic aircraftAeromodeller February 2023
still surviving and flying in the UK.
This volume covers not only “the usual suspects”, that is the Spitfire and Hurricane, but also the trainers and support aircraft which enabled the front-line pilots to gain their skills in the first place. The Bristol Beaufighter is also included with the first example having been delivered in August 1940.
Those of us lucky enough to live in the UK and who are able to visit museums like Old Warden and Duxford will be familiar with many of these individual aircraft; indeed I have photographed
many of them myself; however I have to say that
unless you are as good a photographer as the late Alex Whittaker, the pictures in this book will be better than most of yours! Whilst the text is
necessarily brief, pride of place rightly being given to the superb photographs, it is very informative. Any aeromodeller interested in aircraft of this period should have this book.