A Little Tribute to 33lima's new CH mod!
Thanks for taking the Historical realism a bit deeper Sir. Nice work!!!
On September 12th, the morning after R Stanford Tuck was given command of No. 257 Squadron, he took his Hawker Hurricane, DT-A, for a familiarization flight.
How he ended up at The Isle of Wight is anyone's guess. He took the liberty of using the Chain Home RDF towers as an acceptable turning point to begin his return flight to Martlesham.
Imagine the tower workers surprise upon witnessing an RAF pilot this low and close to the towers. The boys on the middle deck clapped and cheered as they watched this crazy bloke speed passed.
The boys on the top of the tower did likewise, enjoying the show.
On his return pass Tuck flew his lass down as low as he dared to give them a good show once again.
All of the boys on the tower got a chuckle as they watched Tuck fly off to the northeast and out of sight.
Upon his return to Martlesham he recollected about the Hawker Hurricane, "After the Spit, it [the Hurricane] was like a flying brick–a great, lumbering farmyard stallion compared with a dainty and gentle thoroughbred….It nearly broke my heart, because things seemed tough enough without having to take on 109s in a heavy great kite like this." He paused and then proceeded to comment on the positive virtues of the Hawker Hurricane, "It was a remarkably good gun platform; very steady when you opened fire….It was very easy to fly; had no vices, and would take a great deal of punishment and bring you back home….So it was a very fine aircraft for fighter vs. bomber work." Robert Stanford Tuck went on to lead No. 257 Squadron to great success in the late days of The Battle of Britain and into the opening days of the Blitz.