Royal Air force


RAF Spitfire - “Mod. XXX” - Toting Beer Casks to Soldiers in Normandy 

British breweries donated free beer to soldiers during World War II, but just after D-Day, there was no room made to ship it over the English Channel. Spitfire mechanics and pilots worked together to modify pylons to carry either specially-modified drop tanks or beer casks to deliver brews to the troops. Official missions were stopped when the UK Tax Office warned brewers they would get in trouble for exporting beer abroad without paying taxes, but pilots still found ways to get beer where it was needed…

via Urban Ghosts and Spitfire Site

Two Royal Air Force Hawker Tempest Vs, no doubt at full pelt, intercept a V1 flying bomb during the latter stages of the Second World War. The V1, also known as the doodlebug or buzz-bomb, posed quite the problem for Britain as only the latest fighters could catch the things and once they did, simply shooting at one still detonated its high explosive contents. The solution was to fly up to within 6 inches of the V1s wing and use the airflow over the interceptor’s own wing to induce an unrecoverable spin. Damn hairy stuff.