By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of global struggle One, whilst IX Squadron was once shaped, we went to the struggle in little 50mph machines that have been slightly in a position 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 file on troop routine, the additional load pressured the defenseless pilot to depart his observer behind.
A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets which could exceed the rate of sound, position laser-guided missiles inside a number of centimeters of the objective, and transmit the main complicated facts in genuine 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 boys and ladies of the RAF's senior bomber squadron throughout 100 years of conflict and peace, and their phrases fill this ebook. We move from these beginnings in wooden, cord and upholstery kites over France and a pilot armed with a provider revolver, to the world's first twister squadron within the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and as a way to the current, a century on.
It particularly is one hell of a narrative.
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A Century of Air Warfare With Nine (IX) Squadron, RAF: Still Going Strong by Gordon Thorburn