Aces high on a wing and a dare
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.