Frontier Former Editor

April 2, 2008

The Airworks

Filed under: history, old times, Uncategorized — Tags: , — Frontier Former Editor @ 3:40 pm

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I have an affinity for the Royal Air Force, having grown up on an RAF station in the 1960’s,  and I wonder just how I missed yesterday’s anniversary . . .

Even though British politicians kicked the props from under the ‘Airworks’ by stunts like:

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keeping a World War One fighter in service as a colonial peackeeper through the early 1930’s,

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killing the TSR. 2, one of the most spectacular aircraft of the 1960s, and . . .

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creating a climate of indecision and hesitancy that allowed this plane to become better than the F-86 Sabre – about two years after Sabres were being phased out as front-line USAF equipment – there have been times of legend in the Royal Air Force . . .

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One can go on at great length (or short length – it doesn’t matter) about Spitfires and Hurricanes and Lancasters and Canberras and Vulcans – oh my – but I’ll let Pilot Officer Prune‘s comment on RAF founding leader Sir Hugh Trenchard stand as a closing tribute:

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“I’ll bet he’s been in the Airworks since Pontius was a pilot.”

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