Battle of Britain: Model Squadron
TV Channel 4 starts Sunday 9 September
In this ambitious new experiment, the skies over Britain’s south coast are filled with the roars of Messerschmitts and Spitfires. However, this is aerial warfare with a difference – the planes going head to head have empty cockpits, and wingspans of less than five feet.
A hundred years on from the birth of the RAF, the UK and Germany’s most enthusiastic model airplane pilots have joined forces to recreate one of the air force’s toughest challenges – the Battle of Britain. Fought between July and September 1940, the battle to control Britain’s skies was, of course, a key moment in the Second World War. Over three episodes, military historian James Holland guides us through three key encounters that shaped the course of the battle. Recreating these fateful dogfights, the model pilots take on hair-raising manoeuvres to uncover the tactics and strategies involved in achieving aerial dominance. Of course, the stakes will never be as high as in 1940. But it’s certainly an inventive way to remember the skill and courage of those who flew in some of history’s most dramatic aerial battles.
British and German model airplane pilots join forces in Battle of Britain: Model Squadron