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Spitfire stock photos and images (604)Spitfire & Mustang Stock Image by pilapix 2 / 604 Spitfire & Mustang Stock Photos by pilapix 3 / 247 Turning For Home Stock Photography by AlgolOnline 8 / 394 Spitfire and Hurricane Stock Photography by sg34669 2 / 468 Spitfire Silhouette Stock Photography by DavidScar 4 / 383 Spitfire Pictures by victorburnside 1 / 146 Vintage Spitfire fighter Stock Photography by fotogenix 1 / 289 World War 2 era British aircraft Spitfire in flight Stock Photo by Veneratio 2 / 348 Black and white retro image of Batttle of Britain WW2 airplanes Pictures by Veneratio 28 / 1,000 Spitfire Stock Photo by victorburnside 1 / 53 Spitfire battle of britain Stock Photos by michaeljohnmills 7 / 750 Supermarine Spitfire Stock Photo by AlanCotton 1 / 289 Spitfire flying high Stock Photography by gully 2 / 229 Vintage Spitfire fighter aircraft Stock Photography by fotogenix 1 / 83 The Defenders Stock Image by rodgeyog 1 / 135 An anti-aircraft cannon and Military silhouettes fighting scene on war fog sky background. 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Play Churchill's role in the Battle of Britain
Churchill's role in the Battle of Britain
Mo Mowlam MP describes the Battle of Britain and Churchill's intimate involvement in the day-to-day running of the air campaign.
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Historian Dan Snow argues that the Supermarine Spitfire is a design icon.
As part of The Culture Show's hunt for the greatest design icon of our time, historian Dan Snow puts foward the case for the Spitfire.
Play Development of the Spitfire during World War Two
The development of the Spitfire aeroplane during World War Two.
As a Spitfire sweeps through the sky in the background, Raymond Baxter, BBC presenter and former Spitfire pilot, describes its evolution from seaplane to world-famous fighter.
Play "An aeroplane beyond all compare"
Wing Commander Robert Standford Tuck recalls his Battle of Britain.
Wing Commander Robert Standford Tuck, a highly decorated Spitfire and Hurricane pilot, is interviewed in 1979 by David Jacobs. The Wing Commander recalls his Battle of Britain, what it was like to look the enemy in the eye and how he loved to fly a Spitfire.
Play A pilot is captured
Wing Commander Robert Standford Tuck recalls his capture and escape from a German prison camp.
Wing Commander Robert Standford Tuck, a highly decorated Spitfire and Hurricane pilot, is interviewed in 1979 by David Jacobs. The Wing Commander recalls his crash-landing in enemy territory, escaping from a prison camp and befriending a Luftwaffe ace.
With Evan Davis's Spitfire flight, the future of A-levels and Bob Harris's whisper.
Morning news and current affairs with Evan Davis and Justin Webb, including Evan Davis's Spitfire flight, the future of A-levels and Bob Harris's whisper.
Air battle for Malta
Malta was a key strategic Allied base in World War Two. Axis forces laid siege to the island and attacked British supply ships. By 1942 stocks were running low. The RAF called for reinforcements and over the summer hundreds of Spitfires were shipped in by aircraft carriers.
These improved Spitfire Mark Vs had a top speed of 371mph and were armed with powerful 20mm cannons. The plane proved decisive in gaining air superiority. The siege was broken and Malta became an important base for supplying British troops in Africa and launching future attacks on Italy.
In June 1944 Spitfires played an important part in the biggest seaborne invasion in history as the Allies landed in Normandy and gained a crucial foothold in France.
The latest Spitfire Mark IX had a 1,720 horsepower engine and was equipped with both 20mm cannons and .50 calibre machine-guns. The fighters provided crucial air support for the D-Day landings and many were adapted to be fighter-bombers to carry out attacks on German ground forces.
Probably the most famous airplane of the Second World War, the Spitfire was the only aircraft that could really rival the German fighters (in particular at the time of the Battle of Britain). The first prototype took off on March 5, 1936, in Eastleigh (Hampshire) and was piloted by Mutt Summers. The British officers were quite impressed. The Spitfire was remarkably easy to handle and its graceful lines helped make it an instant legend.
The war saw several versions of the aircraft the Merlin engine, in particular, went from developing 1 440 hp to 2 050 hp, a 42% increase. Throughout the war, the British pilots (as well as pilots from France, Poland, Canada, Australia and other countries) flew this airplanes over Britain and Europe battlefields.
The greatest compliment paid to this aircraft was probably made at the height of the Battle of Britain by a German ace, who in a moment of anger and frustration, turned to his Commander in Chief and demanded a squadron of Spitfires!
- Crew: Four
- Length: 143 ft 10 in
- Wingspan: 156 ft 3 in
- Height: 46 ft 5 in
- Cargo bay dimensions: 111 ft x 25 ft x 25 ft
- Empty weight: 101,500 lb
- Useful load: 45,000 lb
- Max. takeoff weight: 170,000 lb
- Powerplant: 4 × Allison 501-D22C turboprops (4,600 SHP each)
- Cruise Speed: 250 mph
- Range: 1,700 nm
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft
- Original Airframe: KC-97 (SN 52-828)
- In-Service Date: 1953
- C-97 Flight Hours: 8090
- 1st SGT Flight: June 21st, 1983
- Transferred to NASA: October 23rd, 1997
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/05/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Supermarine Stranraer was the final evolution of the Supermarine Southampton which debuted in March of 1925. The original Southampton went on to have a highly successful flying career and was utilized by both military parties (Royal Air Force (RAF)) and civilian passenger airliners. The type saw some 83 examples built with service stemming into the 1930s before being replaced by modern types. The Stranraer itself was developed to Air Ministry R.24/31 Specification (as was the Saro London flying boat) which required a maritime coastal patrol platform to serve the RAF. Supermarine then secured a contract for a single prototype in 1933. The Stranraer became one of the last flying boats constructed with biplane wings.
Supermarine engineers produced a twin-engined, biplane wing design fitted atop a long fuselage with a boat-like hull for water landings. Pontoons were set under the lower wing assemblies to assist in keeping the vessel upright in choppy waters. The cockpit was completely enclosed with windows dotting the sides of the fuselage. An open-air gun emplacement was fitted at the front of the design with a second at amidships along the fuselage spine aft of the wings. Bombs, naval mines or depth charges could be held under the wings (up to 1,000lbs) for engaging sea-based targets. The empennage was capped by a single horizontal plane supporting a pair of vertical tail fins. The original prototype was given a pair of Bristol Pegasus IIIM series radial piston engines outputting at 820 horsepower each and engines were set high in the design along the leading edge of the upper wing assembly. Each engine drove a two-bladed wooden propeller. The fuselage was constructed of metal while wings were covered over in fabric - consistent with aircraft manufacture of the time, a period seeing increased use of all-metal skinned aircraft prior to World War 2. At this point in its development, the aircraft became known as the "Stranraer" after a town in southwest Scotland. First flight of the Stranraer was recorded on July 24th, 1934 to which the RAF then received a working example for formal trials.
After some requested changes were completed, the Royal Air Force officially introduced the type into service in 1937. The initial order numbered 17 aircraft and first deliveries formed with No.228 Squadron at Pembroke Dock in 1937. Production forms differed from the original prototype in that they were fielded with Bristol Pegasus X series 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines of 920 horsepower each due to the underpowered nature of the prototype's engine installations. The engines now drove more modern three-bladed metal propellers. The Stranraer was crewed by up to seven personnel and armed with 2 x 7.7mm Lewis machine guns. She held a wingspan of 85 feet with a length of 54 feet, 9 inches. Maximum speed was 165 miles per hour with a range of 1,000 miles - able to operate at ceilings of 18,500 feet. Once in circulation, RAF crews found the type to be slow and many unappealing nicknames for the mount soon emerged. Regardless, the new aircraft served in the all-important anti-submarine coastal patrol role though none would ever see combat action in World War 2 (1939-1945). The type was withdrawn from frontline service as early as March 1941 though several remained on station as training platforms into October of 1942. British Stranraers were eventually replaced in service by the excellent American PBY Catalina series flying boats.
It was in Canadian hands (Royal Canadian Air Force) that the Stranraer would establish its more noted history as 40 examples were produced locally by Canadian Vickers Ltd and serve in a longer tenure than those of the RAF. Like the British marks, Canadian Stranraers were utilized in the anti-submarine patrol role though fielded locally along both Canadian coastlines during World War 2 (with eight being in service at the outbreak of war). Again, none were destined to see direct combat action in the conflict. Canadian Stranraers were fielded in this capacity up until February of 1945 to which examples were then passed on to interested civilian parties in Canada and the United States beginning in 1946. Militarily, the Stranraer only ever served with British and Canadian forces during her tenure and the last civilian Stranraer was retired from service in 1957. Canadian Stranraers were also replaced by American Catalinas before the end of the war.
Only a single complete Stranraer survived time and this example can be seen at the Royal Air Force Museum (London) in its full glory. The example on display is Canadian in origin - having served as a trainer, anti-submarine platform and passenger airliner throughout her long career. In all, 57 Stranraers were produced.
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H.E. François-Xavier Léger, Ambassador of France to Nepal, and Ms. Leela Devaradjalou, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of France in Nepal, with the crew of an A350 test flight that delivered Covid-19 relief cargo donated by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre (CDCS). The solidarity mission was supported by the Airbus Foundation, which helped move the medical supplies from Toulouse, the headquarters of Airbus, to Kathmandu on Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Together with the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre (CDCS), the Airbus Foundation delivered 7 tons of medical supplies as part of a Covid-19 solidarity mission to Nepal on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. An A350 test flight ferried the cargo from Toulouse, the headquarters of Airbus, to Kathmandu
Airbus delivered a consignment of 250 oxygen concentrators and 30 ventilators as part of a 36-tonne Covid-19 solidarity mission to India on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. An A350 test flight ferried the cargo from Toulouse, the headquarters of Airbus, to New Delhi.
Cessna T-37 Tweet
Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/21/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
The Cessna T-37 came about through a new United States Air Force (USAF) requirement calling for a lightweight, two-seat, jet-powered training platform under the "Trainer Experimental (TX)" program name of 1952. Cessna threw its hat into the ring and developed their "Model 318" which sat its twin turbojet propulsion scheme at the wingroots, featured a conventional single-finned tail arrangement and positioned its two crew in side-by-side seating. Wings were low-mounted monoplanes designed as straight appendages with clipped tips. A tricycle undercarriage rounded out the modern features. In 1954, the USAF moved ahead with the Cessna Model 318 design as the "XT-37" with three flyable prototypes ordered.
XT-37A designated the finalized prototypes featuring a pair of Continental YJ69-T-9 series turbojet engines. The engines were nothing more than local, license-produced copies of the French Turbomeca "Marbore" series engines - the same used to power the French-built Fouga "Magister" trainers (detailed elsewhere on this site). These units provided 920 lb of thrust output each and, coupled with the aerodynamically refined airframe, provided the nimble little aircraft with good performance. Speeds reached 390 miles per hour in testing and closer to 425 mph on later production aircraft. The program suffered a setback when the first prototype crashed during spin action and this led to modifications of the airframe and tail unit as a result - though spin recovery would remain a sticking point for the design for its entire career.
The T-37A "Tweet" followed as the initial production model to which 534 of the types were built (J69-T-9 engines fitted). The USAF began taking the aircraft on in June of 1956 for training purposes through the T-37A model where the aircraft was really put through its paces but generally regarded as a good, strong platform to fly by pilots. Since the aircraft operated under a USAF-mandated 25,000 foot ceiling, no pressurization was used for the cockpit. The USAF endorsement ultimately led to the line being adopted as a trainer and light attack aircraft with other American-allied air services around the world.
T-37B continued the line but with J69-T-25 engines (1,025 lb thrust output each) and were given improved communications and navigation fits. These arrived in 1959. T-37C included an inherent light attack function through underwing pylons (one per wing) and 269 of this mark were produced. External stores could total up to 500 lb.
XAT-37D was a proposed counter-insurgency model with light attack capability. Two prototypes were completed but serial production not had. YT-48A was a proposed T-37 development to be fitted with a pair of Garrett F109-GA-100 engines but this model was not pursued.
The United States Air Force did not find a true successor to the T-37 until the arrival of the Beechcraft T-6 "Texan II" (detailed elsewhere on this site). The Texan II was a shift away from turbojets and back to a piston-powered form. The last USAF T-37 was retired in July 2009 after 1,269 examples ad been built by Cessna. The A-37 "Dragonfly" (also known as the "Super Tweet") of 1963 was one of its more notable offshoots, 577 built to a light ground-attack aircraft specification for several air services including the USAF. These witnessed combat action in the Vietnam War (1955-1975).
Current operators of the T-37 line include Colombia, Ecuador and Pakistan. Former operators range from Bangladesh and Brazil to Turkey and Vietnam. Vietnamese forms were captured from South Vietnam following the Vietnam War.