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Spitfire or Hurricane? Which machine saved us from the Nazis?


Cola Cube

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Hurricane - great plane.
 

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English Channel, clearly.
 

Northtipp

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Was in the Imperial War Museum in London recently. All these and many more on show. Fantastic exhibition if your into that stuff. Free as well which always helped.
 

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The Supermarine Spitfire was faster, had a better rate of climb and turn, but was far more expensive to produce and maintain than the humble Hawker Hurricane. In terms of air superiority, the Hurricane was the one to go for. Hawker went on to produce many more fine machines, but I've always felt the Hurricane was their finest creation. It was possibly the best military aircraft of WW2!
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/battle-of-britain-week-was-th[/url


This saved us from the Germans.

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34
 

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Radar was crucial for the interception of German planes.
Otherwise the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots would never have located the enemy to shoot them down or break up their attacks.
 

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Was in the Imperial War Museum in London recently. All these and many more on show. Fantastic exhibition if your into that stuff. Free as well which always helped.
If you are interested in WW2 planes then take a trip to the RAF museum in Hendon (nearest tube Colindale). There you will see all of the Allied and German planes, Spitfire, Hurricane Lancaster, B17, Stuka, ME109, HE111 and loads and loads more. They have loads of planes there which will take a couple of hours to go through. And its free entry.

Edit-Just thinking about it again was this the museum you were talking about? The Imperial War Museum in Lambeth doesn't have all that many WW2 planes, at least it didn't last time I was there.
 
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The Supermarine Spitfire was faster, had a better rate of climb and turn, but was far more expensive to produce and maintain than the humble Hawker Hurricane. In terms of air superiority, the Hurricane was the one to go for. Hawker went on to produce many more fine machines, but I've always felt the Hurricane was their finest creation. It was possibly the best military aircraft of WW2!
Battle of Britain week: Was the Hurricane the plane that REALLY saved us from the Nazis? - Mirror Online
They were both powered by the same engine, RR Merlin, which probably helped them to become better aircraft than they might have been with a lessor powerplant?
 

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Us?:shock:

Bad German tactics and strategy cost them the BOB

They had enough planes to attrite down the RAF over time

They made the fatal mistake of switching from reducing the number of experienced pilots the RAF could put up and taking out the Radar stations

- to bombing London and some other cities - 'the Blitz'

If Hitler had say a Spring, Summer and Autumn to focus on Britain then he might have had more success

But by September of 1940 his eyes were turned Eastwards...
 

firefly123

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Russia wasn't at war with Germany in 1940.
Good point. Ok. Water and the hydrophobia of the German army. Let's be honest here if Britain was attached to France we would be speaking German now.
But to be fair the bravery of the allied pilots combined with radar and the luck of the nazis redirecting their attack to cities instead of air fields were all part of what saved the UK(and us despite our neutrality).
 

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