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Title borrowed from an old music hall song - but quite relevant in the early days of aviation history. The aircraft depicted in the image are Bristol Fighters serving with the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. It was only seven years previously that the first aviation licence was granted in the UK and now there were many hundreds of young men, not only flying, but using their machines to fight in deadly aerial battles over Flanders.
In the early days of aviation history the weather was as big an adversary as the enemy forces and many aircraft were lost to unforeseen bad weather - maintaining safe flight and finding home base, or indeed any base, was a significant achievement in itself
March 15th, 2012
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