Aces high on a wing and a dare

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Twit­ter @Aus_AirForce

THIS is the dizzy­ing cock­pit view a Roulettes pilot gets of the Ho­bart wa­ter­front as the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force’s crack aer­o­bat­ics team per­forms over the city. The Roulettes dis­play was part of a cer­e­mony at the Ho­bart Ceno­taph com­mem­o­rat­ing the 77th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

AIR Force pilots have com­mem­o­rated the Bat­tle of Bri­tain with a dis­play of aerial ac­ro­bat­ics over Ho­bart.

A for­ma­tion of six PC-9 planes, flown by the Air Force’s dis­play team the Roulettes, put on the breath­tak­ing show yes­ter­day in sup­port of the 77th Bat­tle of Bri­tain com­mem­o­ra­tion.

As part of bat­tle com­mem­o­ra­tions, the Roulettes show was pre­ceded by a fly­over by four Hawk 127 fighter air­craft.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain took place in 1940 when Ger­man and Bri­tish air forces clashed in the skies over the UK.

It was Ger­many’s largest sus­tained bomb­ing cam­paign to date and a sig­nif­i­cant turn­ing point of World War II.

The bat­tle ended when Ger­many failed to gain air su­pe­ri­or­ity over the Royal Air Force de­spite months of at­tacks on Bri­tain’s air bases, mil­i­tary posts and civil­ian pop­u­la­tion.

In to­tal 35 Aus­tralians flew dur­ing the bat­tle, with 14 los­ing their lives.

Air Force pub­lic af­fairs of­fi­cer Belinda Scott said the Ho­bart cer­e­mony was the main na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion.

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