Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Spitfire And Hurricane

I will be at the War Memorial today for the national service, and then spending the rest of the day at the War Museum. In September on Parliament Hill, there was a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain in World War Two. I took several shots and decided they would be ideal for my Remembrance Day post. 

Also on the lawn were two replicas from the National Air Force Museum in Trenton, Ontario, a couple of hours southwest of here. These are mockups (no engines, as it turns out) of two fighters from the era. One is a Hurricane.

The other is a Spitfire.


  1. Great planes, great pilots!

    ALOHA, Friend


  2. Wonderful! And wonderful shots. Those aircraft are beautiful and evocative. On the few occassions I have seen them flying (one one occassion along a stretch of unfinished motorway), and often when watching on TV or in films, it gives me goosebumps. The noise of the RR Merlin engine is very distinctive. A very worthy post for today, William; freedom owes the young men from those days big time.

  3. i hope the remembrance is wonderful.

  4. Great captures, William. Take care of yourself.

  5. Love seeing the old planes...even without engines. Hope you get some great photos today!

  6. While today, Nov 11, is celebrated as Veterans Day here in the U.S. We won't be attending any events as there don't seem to be any occuring here today. When we lived in VA, there was a parade held usually on the Sat after the holiday. However, attendance and participation was sparse and we heard it has since been discontinued. Glad to see the events in your area.

  7. So interesting to see those planes on the lawn. What an event!


  8. Love those planes. We have some older planes at our local airport, and the pilots fly them on special occasions. Today is our day for Veteran observance.

  9. Love to see the planes even though they are without engines. In celebrating of the War Memorial!

  10. Perfect yes. I particularly like the kilted men!

  11. It's good that the anniversaries of important war events are celebrated separately. They had some awesome planes for the technology they had at that time.

  12. Wonderful photos . To the heroes that had fought and are still fighting for us to live in a freedom . Amen to them all !

  13. Beautiful photos and great display of replicas!

  14. Love the planes. Good shots for Remembrance Day

  15. What a nice exhibition. A good way to remember.

  16. Watched today's ceremony on TV, well done and very moving.

  17. Wonderful Remembrance Day post. How amazing to have those planes there for all to see up close as well.

  18. Excellent photos, William. Thanks for sharing. I grew up with those planes - made models of many of them. But I was too young to fly them! :)

  19. Marvelous old workhorse of a plane.

  20. A beautiful Remembrance Day post. When we visited Normandy, the visit to Juno Beach was on a bright, sunshiny day that made one want to weep -- Juno Beach was a killing field. *sighs*

  21. oh my Grandma Ruby would be angry at me for not knowing that print. my Irish roots are failing ... her pattern was red. i need to google that. it is terrible when your brain wont recall what you want it to. ha. ha!! i love planes ... they are awesome to see in person. very cool. ( :

  22. Wonderful photos, loved the ones of the old planes.

  23. What a great exhibition, love the planes.

  24. Perfect images to celebrate this auspicious day William, j'adore the men in kilts!

  25. @Cloudia: everything I've ever read about the Battle of Britain... those pilots were amazing. A good number of them were Canadian. And so many lives on both sides, military and civilian, were lost during that period.

    @Mike: it strikes me this time of year that the men of that war not only saved countless lives, but future generations.

    @Tex: the ceremonies were very emotional.

    @Linda: it was a long day, but a good one.

    @EG: I got a whole lot of shots in yesterday.

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Beatrice: that surprises me... here the crowds just really come out strong each year.

    @Janis: they were a surprise to see when I stopped by the day before.

    @Linda: we have an aviation museum here that I really must photograph. It's been a long while since I've been out that way.

    @Nancy: it makes me want to visit the museum they're located in. It makes sense- Trenton does have a military base, and not all museums need to be here.

  26. @Sharon: thanks!

    @VP: Spitfires and Hurricanes were such marvelous planes... they don't make them like this anymore!

    @Ciel: ah, the kilts!

    @Red: these planes back in the day were well designed.

    @Country Gal: they really did save the world, those men.

    @Tamago: it seemed quite fitting for Remembrance Day.

    @MB: I knew the concept would be ideal for November 11th. I was glad that I got up to photograph.

    @RedPat: thanks!

    @Halcyon: it is a good way to remember.

    @Pat: I certainly thought so!

  27. @Jackie: I was up on the northwest edge on Wellington Street, generally where I always go. I had a view of the Memorial, and even recognized the PM from the coat he was wearing. It was very moving. Photographs tomorrow from the ceremony.

    @Lauren: being able to look at these and walk around them, it gives you an appreciation for the real thing.

    @Lowell: for me it's seeing them in archive footage or movies. I find them fascinating.

    @Revrunner: both were great planes. The German Luftwaffe had some good ones, and ultimately it really came down to the skill of the pilot.

    @Kittie: one day I want to walk on each of those beaches. Especially Juno, which has such meaning for my country.

    @Geoff: thank you.

    @Beth: thanks!

    @Denise: they're beautiful replicas. Not many of the originals left out there, at least in working order.

    @Linda: I agree!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Grace: I knew men in kilts would get some attention!

    @Norma: I do too.

  28. Ever cool! We just can't drive down these days. I'm happy to see your photos. Thanks for covering it!

  29. Oh my gosh, love the pictures and that fabric. I would love to make a blanket from it.

  30. Those planes may not have engines but they're still great to see.

  31. Love the drama of those long Scottish capes. And what a stunning display of the planes.