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Just Sixty Years

So, as those who read my last post but one will know, I've picked up a load of Biggles books, and am regressing to childhood by actually reading them. They're (probably obviously) not quite as gripping as I would have found them in my boyhood, but fun nonetheless. At the same time, though, I do have one advantage over the young Daz who read them back in the 1970s. He had virtually no chance of seeing or hearing Biggles' most famous aircraft, the Sopwith Camel, at all, let alone in flight. Whereas this Daz has You Tube. (I half pity the generations growing up with the internet. Never having not had it, I wonder if they fully appreciate the magic—in Arthur C Clarke's sense—that they have at their fingertips. But I digress.)

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F16s And A Spitfire – Missing Man Flypast

[I’ve added an edit part way through on a side-issue that a work-colleague brought up.]

The missing man formation is just what it sounds like; a formation of aircraft with a slot empty. It's done to commemorate a fallen pilot, but also is often used when a national leader or such dies.

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