Tri-Service

Fighters Fly To Celebrate 'The Few'

Having been spotted in recent days over RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire the RAF have officially unveiled a state-of-the art Typhoon fighter...

Having been spotted in recent days over RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire the RAF have officially unveiled a state-of-the art Typhoon fighter jet painted in a Battle of Britain era colour scheme.
 
The make-over is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and to acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of those often referred to as “The Few”: the aircrew who took part in the battle.
 
 
The Typhoon is also painted with the 249 Squadron identification number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle, Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC.
 
 

Video footage of the RAF Battle of Britain Typhoon jet escorting a World War 2 Hawker Hurricane fighter yesterday

 

Flt Lt Nicholson was in a dog fight near Southampton on August 16, 1940 when his Hurricane was shot up and caught fire.

 

 

The citation for his VC said: “When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit he sighted an enemy fighter. This he attacked and shot down, although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs.”

 

He was praised for “exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life”.
 
The Typhoon along with a WWII Spitfire will perform aerial displays at air shows across the UK, as part of a Synchro-pair, this summer. 

All photos provided courtesy of Richard Paver