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This was a great moment for me seeing the two great British fighters from World War Two together in flight at RIAT, 2010. Two aircraft from two very different approaches to design. The Hurricane the old school and the Spitfire the latest in aircraft technologies. Both took to the air for the first time nearly 75 years ago, the Hurricane 6 November 1935 and the Spitfire 5 March 1936.

 

"Like all pilots who flew and fought in the Hurricane, I grew to love it. It was strong, highly maneuverable, could turn inside the Spitfire and of course the Me 109. Best of all, it was a marvellous gun platform. The sloping nose gave you a splendid forward view, while the eight guns were set in blocks of four in each wing, close to the fuselage. The aeroplane remained rock steady when you fired. Unlike the Spitfire with its lovely elliptical wing which sloped towards the tip, the Hurricane wing was thicker and straight. The Spitfire was less stead when the guns were firing because, I have always thought, they were spread further along the wing, and the recoil effect was noticeable." Douglas Bader

 

"In the air the Spitfire was forgiving and without vice, and I never heard of anyone who did not enjoy flying it. It had a personality uniquely its own. The Hurricane was dogged masculine and its undercarriage folded inwards in a tidy businesslike manner. The Spit, calling for more sensitive handling, was altogether more feminine, had more glamour and threw its wheels outward in an abandoned extrovert way. From the ground there was a special beauty about it.

The cockpit of any single seater aircraft is a very snug private world, but to sit in the cockpit of a Spit, barely wider than one's shoulders, with the power of the Merlin at one's finger tips, was sheer poetry - something never to be forgotten by those who experienced it." Lettice Curtis

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Taken on August 5, 2010