By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of worldwide conflict One, while IX Squadron was once shaped, we went to the struggle in little 50mph machines that have been slightly able to taking pilot and observer, a gun and some small, handheld bombs into the sky, specially on a windy day. after we took a instant set, to identify for the artillery and record on troop events, the additional load compelled the defenseless pilot to go away his observer behind.
A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets which may exceed the rate of sound, position laser-guided missiles inside a number of centimeters of the objective, and transmit the main advanced information in actual time around the globe.
In among, the story is of ponderous beasts of biplanes, of Wellingtons and Lancasters within the bloody battles of global struggle , of Canberras and Vulcans within the nuclear age of the chilly War.
Above all, it's the tale of the lads and ladies of the RAF's senior bomber squadron throughout 100 years of conflict and peace, and their phrases fill this ebook. We pass from these beginnings in wooden, cord and upholstery kites over France and a pilot armed with a carrier revolver, to the world's first twister squadron within the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and so as to the current, a century on.
It relatively is one hell of a narrative.
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