Saturday, December 15, 2012

New weapons in Canada's fight for freedom, democracy and all that

Following up "Canada to send out for Chinks?", Agent 17 has managed to obtain for us video of the two fighter aircraft now being considered by the Royal Canadian Air Force as potential replacements for its aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets.

"They may not be exactly state-of-the-art," said Air Vice-Marshal Ace "Ace" McCool, "but they'll be a damned sight cheaper than those Lockheed F-35s we tried to slip by the Minister of Finance. The minister [of defence, Pete MacHackey] figures he can get `em for not a penny more than $9 billion... and that's for the pair!"

For those not into the World of Warbirds, you're looking at an American P-51 Mustang and a British Supermarine Spitfire -- one of the most aerodynamically beautiful planes of WWII. Both planes were powered by the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine, which emitted that wonderful sound that became known to many as 'The Sound of Freedom' during the 1940s.

The P-51 pilot does a great job staying in position as he has more power and is faster than the Spitfire. They must have done more than a little practising!

The two fighters are privately owned by the Old Flying Machine Company at Duxford airfield in England. Duxford also houses the USAAF Museum in Britain and the air assets of the Imperial War Museum. The video was shot at the Duxford autumn show in 2009.

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