By Gordon Thorburn
Within the earliest days of worldwide battle One, while IX Squadron used to be 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, particularly on a windy day. after we took a instant set, to identify for the artillery and record on troop hobbies, the additional load pressured the defenseless pilot to go away his observer behind.
A century later, IX (B) Squadron flies jets that could exceed the rate of sound, position laser-guided missiles inside a couple of centimeters of the objective, and transmit the main advanced information 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 is the tale of the boys and ladies of the RAF's senior bomber squadron throughout 100 years of battle 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 carrier revolver, to the world's first twister squadron within the Gulf wars, over Kosovo and Afghanistan, and so that you could the current, a century on.
It rather is one hell of a narrative.