Flying for Britain with David Jason was sincere and dignified, yet never took off

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The Battle of Britain was “an incredible victory against the odds”. The machines were miracles of engineering, pushed to their limits by courageous pilots, many of whom gave their lives for their country.

This much, we know. So it is incumbent on any documentary touching upon those events to offer something new and, while Flying for Britain with David Jason was sincere and dignified, it never really took off.

Jason, cultivating a Churchillian pout, was at RAF Coningsby, where the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team maintained a squadron of Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bombers. Necessarily grounded for much of a year that they had hoped to spend marking 80 years since the Battle of Britain, they were instead preparing for an assessment from RAF top brass (passed with flying colours).

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Contributions from the veterans offered the most compelling insights: Spitfires only had 14 seconds of ammunition, 97 per cent of it missed anyway, the Junkers Ju 88 could absorb hundreds of bullets before being downed.

Otherwise, there was an array of heartfelt but familiar tributes, self-conscious slo-mo and flying demonstrations that left Jason, at least, marvelling.

Source: https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/flying-for-britain-with-david-jason-review-itv-battle-of-britain-raf-memorial-flight-team-647920

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Actu monde – GB – Flying for Britain with David Jason was sincere and dignified, yet never took off