Piece of Cake

PDF EBook by Derek Robinson

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Ask Americans what the best fighter planes of World War Two were, and they will probably name the Japanese Zero, the German 109, and the British Spitfire. Piece of Cake PDF EBookThe Hurricane is just some other Brit plane.

PIECE OF CAKE is one of my favorite WWII novels.It is about a year in the life of a British Hurricane fighter squadron, from September 1939 to September 1940.There is also a BBC Masterpiece Theater multi- PDFdisc DVD set, which is very faithful to the book.But I have to ding the video for changing the story so that the British pilots flew Spitfires instead of the Hurricanes in Derek Robinson's book.Historically, no Spitfires were ever sent to France, where about a third of the story takes place.Strangely, the video picture was superior on a set of VHS tapes I once rented, compared with the blurry DVD set I own, which is missing several scenes which were in the VHS tapes.(I've seen that issue before.My DVD of the movie EXECUTIVE SUITE is missing a key scene about 10-minutes long, which was on a VHS tape I rented.)

Forgive me for being a technical spoilsport but there is a scene in both the book and the video where Flash, a pilot who is more than a little crazy, flies his plane inverted to "relax."A Hurricane could do this; download; a Spit couldn't.A Spitfire could not pull negative Gs or fly inverted because the engine would stop and then flood with gas, making it difficult to re-start.(This problem was not solved until about 1943, although there was a temporary fix for many Spitfires installed in 1941.)The upside-down flying scene took place in the book and the video in August of 1940.I have to ding the video for this; Robinson's book is technically accurate.

In my opinion, the Hurricane's inferior reputation is undeserved.During the first half of World War Two, the English had twice as many operational Hurricanes flying as they had operational Spitfires flying.Hurricane aircraft shot down twice as many German planes as Spitfire aircraft shot Germans down, during those first years; meaning the two planes performed about the same in the air measured by KILLS per plane.Legless British ace Douglas Bader scored 11 of his 20 official kills from a Hurricane cockpit, the other 9 in Spitfires.

At the start of WWII, the Hurricane had a wooden fixed-pitch propeller, and its performance was second-rate compared with the Spit; but by late-1939, early-1940 Hurricanes were fitted with metal variable-pitch props that made a BIG difference, and mostly closed the performance gap with the Spitfires.The Hurricane still wasn't as fast as a Spitfire, but it was more durable, easier to land, and had a tighter turning radius.The Hurricane still wasn't as nimble as a Spit, but it was a more stable gun platform so shots fired were more accurate in the air and more likely to hit the target.More important for England, a damaged Hurricane was easier to repair than a Spitfire.Heavily-damaged Hurricanes were often repaired and brought back into operational status; heavily-damaged Spitfires were usually written off because few mechanics could deal with the Spit's stressed-skin metal design.

The witty dialogue and verbal exchanges between the pilots are beyond my personal skills as a writer.Spectacular.The characterizations and mix of characters, are again beyond me; I can only admire.Particularly impressive is how Robinson can explain aerial fighting tactics, not just through excellent descriptions during the action, but through the pilots arguing after the action.

The novel really sings for me when CH3 is on the page.Christopher Hart, the 3rd, is an American pilot, a millionaire's son who flies for England partly to piss off his old man.

Playful light-hearted boys start the war goofing off and having a blast in their flying machines.A year later, most of the original team are dead, and the few survivors are half-crazy, or half dead with exhaustion.

Clearly illustrated in PIECE OF CAKE is how it isn't the airplane, it's the pilot.It's all about spotting the enemy before he spots you.It's about what the pilot does after he spots the enemy, how he maneuvers in for the kill; or lets it go because it's too risky.It's about how the pilot flies before he spots enemy planes (for example, an experienced pilot directed to climb to a high altitude on a vector away from the sun might disregard, and climb into the sun, then swing around, so he wasn't so vulnerable during the climb)."Sorry, leader.Your message garbled.Couldn't hear what you said."

@hg47 Like this book? Read online this: Hurricane, One Piece, Volume 32 (One Piece, #32).

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