#RAF100 | 9 Iconic Aircraft From The Battle Of Britain

First Night History celebrates 100 years of the Royal Air Force with this post from the Imperial War Museum.

1. SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE
The Spitfire was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and became the symbol of British defiance in the air. Designed by Reginald Mitchell, it had an advanced all-metal airframe, making it light and strong. It took longer to build than the Hurricane and was less sturdy, but it was faster and had a responsiveness which impressed all who flew it. Crucially, it was a match for…supermarine

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The Pilots Who Risked Their Lives to Deliver the Mail | Atlas Obscura

From left to right: Pilots Jack Knight, Clarence Lange, Lawrence Garrison, “Wild Bill” Hopson, and the administrator of the Omaha airfield, Andrew Dumphy. (All Photos: Courtesy of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.)

Being an airmail carrier was one of the most dangerous jobs in America.

Source: The Pilots Who Risked Their Lives to Deliver the Mail | Atlas Obscura