Thursday, 9 May 2013

RAF "Tiffy" Typhoon

A brace of WW2 RAF Typhoon fighter/ground attack "Tank busters"

Nicknamed "Tiffy" in RAF slang. The Typhoon, originally designed as a medium to high altitude fighter, ironically became the only RAF interceptor that could kill the formidable Focke-Wulf 190 (its German lookalike - watch out for friendly fire chaps!) at low altitude. 

It found its greatest success as ground attack aircraft firing its four under wing RP3 rockets and dropping its two devastating 1,000lb (454kg in new money) bombs.

More than 3,300 were built between 1941 - 1945.

Wonder if the second Chappie in is one of our former colonial cousins?

Rare 1943 Intel Photo of Pilot and Typhoon. Note the stripe markings (later copied on all allied aircraft for D-Day) to differentiate it from FW190's 

Not forgetting of course, the new chaps...

First RAF Typhoon Euro-fighter diamond nine formation. 

( 3,  17, and-29-Squadrons from RAF Coningsby )

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