A life sized statue of a Canadian ace of World War Two stands between two iconic fighters of the Second World War: the Spitfire I showed you yesterday and the Hurricane in the background here. George Frederick "Buzz" Beurling is nicknamed the Falcon of Malta or the Knight of Malta.
Here we have the Hurricane, used by British and Canadian forces, and an absolutely essential fighter of the war.
Next to it, another superb fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 of the Luftwaffe. A match for the Spitfire or the Hurricane- in the end it really came down to the skill of the pilot.
Another plane of the Luftwaffe rests beneath the other wing of the Lancaster. This is the Heinkel He 162 Volksjager.
This really is a spectacular exhibition.ReplyDelete
It´s weird to see all those war-stuff everywhere. We have it on TV nearly every day as our "Chancellor" (who is actually a joke) keeps promising to bring tanks to Ukraine. Once again as German you feel but shame, empty promises all over.ReplyDelete
I honestly think those old fighters like the Spitfire and the Hurricane are a lot nicer than the current F35 and most of its peers.ReplyDelete
All these years later and they still look impressive.ReplyDelete
It would be a real step forward in human evolution if we never needed war heroes again.ReplyDelete
...by today's standards these planes are so small.ReplyDelete
I just look at the designs of these planes. No clues what they are actually good for apart from being war machines.ReplyDelete
@Gemel: I think so.ReplyDelete
@Iris: it's part of humanity.
@Jan: I agree with you on that.
@fun60: they really do.
@David: if only.
@roentare: pretty much just that.
i'm always interested in planes. very cool. happy Sunday. foggy this AM. enjoy yours. ( ;ReplyDelete
What a great display! It's amazing how much space they need, and the work involved.ReplyDelete
The planes had become so streamlined since WWI.ReplyDelete
They look very small. I would love to see that display.ReplyDelete
Aircraft development went very quickly from the first flight to these sleek and very rapid machines. Motors were developed to give them tremendous power. Turning a four blade prop would take much power.ReplyDelete
@Beth: thank you.ReplyDelete
@Jennifer: they're well placed.
@RedPat: things advanced quickly.
@Catarina: I enjoyed it.
@Red: things changed fast.
That last photo puts the Lancaster in perspective.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful tribute to that fearless flyer.ReplyDelete
I think so too.Delete
Marvelous sculpture and tribute to the flyer ~ great photos ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
Wonderful exhibit. It takes courage to fly in combat.ReplyDelete
Very nice presentation.ReplyDelete
It is, yes.Delete
These really are in remarkable condition -- so well cared for. But oh, why do we need war?ReplyDelete
It's in our nature.Delete