Over and over it has been my pleasure to find that those who frequent these halls have so much in common. Even with the likes of me.
The old F4U is and has always been a favorite of mine as well. My favorite Corsair ace is Greg "Pappy Boyington" and I have sung his praises and that of the gull winged "Ensign Eliminator" upon these pages many a time.
My favorite WW2 era Allied fighter planes are:
The P51-D Mustang
The F4U Corsair
The P38 Lightning
My favorite Axis fighter planes are:
The Me 262
No surprises in that list of course.
Now speaking of lists. And specifically, as to why I, an American born and reared in the south, am interested in the "Battle of Britain".... here are just a few reasons:
1) I'm a military history buff with a strong emphasis on combat aviation
2) BoB was possibly the most important single strategic air battle of the war
3) Several Americans fought in that battle
4) I've always wondered what it would have been like to fly a Spit and take part
5) The Spitfire has always appealed to me
6) I have been an avid scale modeler and computer flight sim gamer for years. Rowan's BoB excited me from day one.
7) Mr. Churchill is one of my heroes and his eloquent speeches have greatly inspired me
8)The mental picture of the British people standing defiant on their island is worthy of great respect even today
9)War in and of itself holds no appeal for me, it is a horror and an abomination. Aggression is wrong for it brings men down below even the level of the savage beasts. On the other hand IMHO fighting to defend one's life, family and home is another thing altogether. Here man sometimes nobly rises to his finest hour. It is this then that really captivates me when I consider the Battle of Britain and the sacrifices of the few.
How could those brave lads, boys really, muster the courage and strength to go up over and over knowing the odds were against them? They were so unbelievably tired all the time yet they managed to gather their kit and climb into those cold cockpits without a whimper.
What was that actually like? We have a few survivors to tell us their story but they are going fast. There are books and movies but for me nothing has been like my on going experience with this flight sim. It can't provide a true representation of course, nothing could, but for me it comes closer than anything else and it is close enough.