Warfare in News

Posted on Wednesday 21st May

For one day only, two First World War aircraft are on display in Leeds City Centre as part of the region's Great War Centenary programme.

The aircraft – an RAF built example of a 1914 BE2c fighter (as flown by Major Lanoe Hawker VC DSO) and a recently restored replica 1917 PV8 Eastchurch Kitten – are on loan from the Yorkshire Air Museum near York.

Councillors and re-enactors gathered at the Victoria Gardens near Leeds Art Gallery earlier this morning. The aircraft will be fired up every hour to allow visitors to experience the roar of an engine which has not been hear for 100 years.

Further Reading

Hawker VC - The First RFC Ace

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Hawker VC - The First RFC Ace

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by Tyrrel M Hawker MC

By the age of 25 Lanoe Hawker of the Royal Flying Corps had won the VC and DSO. He was the first pilot to record five 'kills' before being shot down and killed by Baron von Richthofen (The Red Baron).

Lanoe's biography was written by his brother Tyrrel as a tribute. The Hawkers came from a distinguished sporting family with strong military and naval records and Lanoe from the outset set his… Read more...


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