AeroSpace 05 - WWII Fighter Aircraft

OPENING QUESTION: What two critical rolls did fighter aircraft play in WWII?

LEARNING GOAL FOR TODAY: I will be able to describe the characteristics of British fighter aircraft used in the Battle of Britain

WORDS O' THE DAY:

  • Spitfire
  • Hurricane

WORK O' THE DAY:

The year is 1940.

The Germans have control of virtually all of Europe. They are in the process of invading the Soviet Union (Russia) and that is going very badly for them. Even though they are fighting along a thousand miles of the "Eastern Front" with Russia, Hitler elects to attack Britain.

His strategy is to bomb Britain mercilessly (especially the capital, London) until the British surrender.

Odd numbered groups -- Please discuss, jot down a few notes, and otherwise consider the best approach to bombing Britain from the German point of view

Even numbered groups -- Please discuss, jot down a few notes, and otherwise consider the best approach to defending Britain from German bombers

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The British few two types of fighters:

The Spitfire

The Hurricane

What characteristics made these two fighters so successful against the German bombers

Please take a few moments to look-up the specifications for those two fighters... lets discuss

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What about the German bombers? Let's take a look at this snippet

The Germans quickly found out that flying large numbers of bombers over Britain during daylight hours ended with large numbers of bombers being shot down... so what did they do then?

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The British actually knew not only where the German bombers were coming from but their altitude, course and number of planes?

How did they know that?

Review THIS for interesting tidbits

The wartime leader of Britain was Sir Winston Churchill.... one of the orators (speech makers) of the 20th century

Here's what he had to say about the RAF (Royal Air Force) Fighter Pilots in the Battle of Britain

Let's recap -- what about the Spitfire and Hurricane made them ideal defenders in the Battle of Britain?