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Honour Roll - Add 5 Pilots, Get Your Group Featured!

2015-09-09

Does your organization, blog, or museum curate pilot information or support memorial work. Get some recognition on every page (over Spitfire Blueprint - lower section) of our site, including the home page, with your logo / link to your profile page on this site. Your profile page has a bio section, image, facebook / twitter links, and it also lists the pilots you've added or have selected to follow.

Just add 5 pilots, to our database by clicking "Add Pilot" in the top navigation. Fill in the basic details, then, once the page is up, add other information, or let others come along and do that. A fully decked out page includes a pilot biograpgy, aircraft serials (aircraft flown), squadrons served with time-frame, comments / questions from other users (there is a forum per pilot), URLs / links to other sites and sources, and video. After you add the basic pilot information, go back to the page and add a link back to your group, blog, or book. All pilot pages will show a link to the contributor (you) as well, so you can also describe and link to your group or project there.

note: all submissions are reviewed, and ... read more ...

Battle of Britain - Hurricanes & Spitfires

2015-08-28

As we approach the major celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, it's only fitting we expand the site (it hasn't even launched yet) to include Hurricane pilots. Hurricane pilots were Spitfire pilots and vice versa, and the same goes for Typhoon, Mustang, and more. Given that more than half of the fighter aircraft in the Battle of Britain were Hurricanes, and being the 75th anniversary year, it makes sense to expand the site's coverage. Does that mean we need a new domain name, maybe? But not for now - it's kind of busy around here. What we don't have however, are Hurricane aircraft serial numbers to link to pilot pages as we have with the Spitfire. As a result (for now), users will have to make do with marker numbers, until we can get ahold of a Hurricane database for import (anyone happen have one lying around).

The Hurricane outnumbered the Spitfire, the RAF simply had more of them, but the Spitfire was the faster more capable fighter with better armour. As the battle progressed, the Spitfire generally engaged the Me-109s and the Hurricanes blasted the bombers. Once you get past these generalities, it would be ... read more ...

New Site is Beta

2015-08-21

Greetings, this site is ALPHA / BETA, I am looking for Spitfire enthusiasts to help refine the feature-set and user functionality, with a launch in fall 2015 after some weeks of revision and initial testing. I am also looking for assistance from those who may be in a position to load pilot data, both at an initial level (e.g. pilot basics), and, at a much deeper level, matching pilots with the spitfire aircraft they flew. Thanks to permission from Andrew Pentland, the entire list of spitfires are in our database by serial number. For both pilot and spitfire, it's possible to add links (to other resources on the web), add images, add comments, and, create the linkage between pilot and aircraft.

It's an ambitious project, initially you won't find a lot of pilot information, as it's up to users to add pilots (but I'll add a few hundred shortly!). When a user does this, it's also reflected in their profile, for those users that choose to create and maintain a profile. Over time, you'll see the database grow, and we hope that users from all nations add data; Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, the US, and all ... read more ...