I recognize the sacrifice of all those impacted by way - but at the same time like and admire technological achievement. The War Memorial helps bring some of those discordant elements into focus - sometimes with great emotion.
Today I went looking in the Aircraft Hall for a Lancaster Bomber - and ended up standing with a group of school kids for 30 minutes watching a deeply moving light show.
|A Handley Page 0/400 at Heliopolis sketched by Stuart Reid in 1918 - the Handley Page was attached to Lawrence's initiative.|
The plane itself was used in co-operation with the Arab forces working with Colonel Lawrence. While it flew a number of missions, (mainly against airfields?), its strategic value lay in carrying command staff (including Lawrence) to important events.
After Armistice, the 0/400 was redeployed for training purposes, and a second, flown from Cairo, transported field commanders to Baghdad to join up with the forces in Mesopotamia. Ross Smith then flew on to India.
Lancaster Bomber: G for George
Messerschmitt ME 163
Rocket propelled, it lost its wheels on take off, and was designed to land on a skid. Unorthodox in 1945 - and it still looks like something out of a scifi movie.
Messerschmitt Me 262A Sturmvogel
The world's first fully operational jet aircraft.
Palerang September 2014