5.14.2004
ENLARGE THE PHOTO
Practice Makes Perfect

Wide World News Media photo, dated January 6, 1941

A British Royal Air Force night fighter crew practices boarding a rubber dinghy during training. Rehearsing exiting from an aircraft in the event that they had to ditch in the North Sea or English Channel served many aircrews well as the air war over the Continent intensified after the Battle of Britain. Note that the plane is just a fuselage section supported by jack-stands (visible at right) inside a hangar.

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