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Friday, January 1, 2016

Desperation

Faith, Hope & Charity (top to bottom, right to left)
RAF Typhoons over the Falkland Islands
Tam put up a post about RAF Flight 1435, originally from Malta, but now stationed in the Falkland Islands. Flight 1435 became famous in the early years of WW2 when they used their three Gloster Gladiator biplanes to repel Italian bombers. The three biplanes were called Faith, Hope and Charity. The Flight has lived on, the airplanes have been periodically replaced, and at some point it acquired a fourth aircraft which was christened Desperation. Desperation seems a bit incongruous for a name compared to the original three, but the situation in Malta did get a little desperate, so maybe the name is fitting.
    The Flight is now equipped with Typhoons, aka the Eurofighter. Could not find a photo of the four aircraft together, the best I could do was three (the ones in the photo above). But where's Desperation? Here's one.
Charity & Desperation (front to back, right to left)


A couple of the original Gloster Gladiator biplanes on Malta.
(Link goes to a history of the Royal Navy's fighters)

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

Surprise, surprise! Desperation has an ejector seat too ;-)