By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of global battle 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 file on troop events, the additional load pressured the defenseless pilot to go away 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 info 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 worldwide struggle , of Canberras and Vulcans within the nuclear age of the chilly War.
Above all, it's the tale of the boys and girls of the RAF's senior bomber squadron throughout 100 years of warfare 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 provider revolver, to the world's first twister squadron within the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and with the intention to the current, a century on.
It relatively is one hell of a narrative.
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The cone-shaped devices are indicators for the position of the rudders, the left being red and the right green. A B O V E RIGHT Thuringen at a practice shoot during the war before the Skagerrak battle. planned operation to occupy St Petersburg. The unit arrived in the western Baltic on 10 August, but, as we have seen, the operation was overtaken by events and was cancelled. O n 2 1 August, the three battleships were dismissed and on 2 3 August arrived back in Wilhelmshaven. Ostfriesland stood ready for the cancelled fleet advance of 30 October 1918, and after that went to the Elbe m o u t h on 3 November.
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A Century of Air Warfare With Nine (IX) Squadron, RAF: Still Going Strong by Gordon Thorburn