The exhilarating experience of aerial dogfighting

If you think dogfighting for pleasure sounds like adrenaline-filled fun, you’d be right. Luke Bimm reveals the skills required are still the same as those used by pilots during World War One

During both world wars, the skill of those pilots caught up in daring dogfights could mean the difference between life and death. When it comes to this kind of visual air combat, only a few have experienced the intense, adrenaline-fuelled flights that saw opponents set against each other hundreds of feet above the ground.

Dogfighting for fun over The Needles. 82 years ago the skills used for fun were a matter of life and death over this part of the British isles
Dogfighting for fun over The Needles. 82 years ago the skills used for fun were a matter of life and death over this part of the British isles Jamie Hunter

However, today, it is possible to get a sense of what it must have felt like for those pilots, but without the jeopardy. A civilian company flying out of Goodwood Aerodrome offers an affordable flight to private individuals, and it’s as close to the type of dogfighting that would have been seen during the Battle of Britain as you’re likely to get.

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