Churchill's praise for RAF Pilots
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940, in reference to the bravery of the pilots of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.
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Flight simulator in use, RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire
A flight simulator in use at RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire. Before computers, flight simulators used actual models of different airfields in order to train pilots. The model used here was of the RAF base on Gan Island in the Indian Ocean. A colour TV camera relayed a picture of the scale model to a screen in the mock up of a Hercules Transport aircraft. Detail on the model was so precise that final work had to be carried out under a magnifying lens. Date: circa 1976
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Group Captain Wilson?s team from the Empire Test Pilots?
Group Captain Wilson?s team from the Empire Test Pilots? School at Cranfield visited A. V. Roe and Co Ltd on 19 November 1945. From left: P. Kidson, Avro; R.E. Clear, Airspeed; Sqn Ldr E. Coton, DFC; Lt Cdr M.W. Davenport, DFC, US Navy; Lt Cdr J.J. Davidson, DFC, US Navy; Sqn Ldr E.B. Gale, AFC; Flt Lt F.R. Arnold, Adjutant; Sqn Ldr D.R. Cumming, AFC, RAAF; Sqn Ldr F.R. Bird, DSO, DFC; W.G.H. Sanders, Handley Page; Sqn Ldr H.G. Hastings, AFC, AFM; Sqn Ldr J.F. Handasyde, DFC; Sqn Ldr E.J. Sanderson, DSO, DFC; Capt T.C. Loh, China; Flt Lt C.F. Phripp, DFC; Sqn Ldr M.W. Sweetman, DFC, RNZAF; and Major A.G. Collings, Avro Sales. Date: 1945
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