“The Battle of Britain, 75 Years On” at the 32nd Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, Washington State Fairgrounds at Puyallup, Keynote Arena (February 21 at 3:30 p.m.)
Join Mike Lavelle and John Sessions for a Northwest Aviation Conference Keynote presentation commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Mike will trace historical themes from WWI to July of 1940, the beginning of “The Battle.” John Sessions will honor “The Other Few,” over 500 fighter pilots from other countries who flew in the Battle of Britain.
“The Battle of Britain Continued – The Blitz from October 1940 to May 1941″ (March 4 at 7 p.m. and March 7 at noon)
In September, 1940, Hermann Goring recognized Royal Air Force fighters had succeeded in neutralizing Luftwaffe fighters, thereby precluding invasion of Britain before 1941. But the battle for the skies continue with bombers and rockets. Bill McCutcheon will share the weapons, key events and extraordinary people of this period.
“The Real Story: British Fighters vs. German Fighters” (April 8 at 7 p.m. and April 11 at noon)
Which side had superior aircraft? David Lednicer will compare the fighters of both sides; their virtues and limitations; and analyze why the Spitfire and Hurricane prevailed in their defensive, interceptor roles.