What does BF mean in Bf 109?
Bayerische Flugzeugwerke 109
By John F. Guilmartin • Edit History. Table of Contents. Bf 109, in full Bayerische Flugzeugwerke 109, also called Me 109, Nazi Germany’s most important fighter aircraft, both in operational importance and in numbers produced. It was commonly referred to as the Me 109 after its designer, Willy Messerschmitt.
What do the letters on the side of a Spitfire mean?
The first two letters were the code of the squadron the aircraft was with, for example, “XT” was 603 Squadron in 1941. The remaining letter was the individual code of that aircraft within the squadron.
Are there any Bf 109 still flying?
As of December 2016 there are 67 known existing Bf 109 airframes. About twenty of the surviving Bf 109s existent in the 21st century served at one time with the Luftwaffe fighter wing Jagdgeschwader 5, more than with any other Axis military aviation unit of World War II.
What is a RAF code?
Most units of the Royal Air Force are identified by a two character alphabetical or alpha- numeric combination squadron code. Usually, that code is painted on the aircraft belonging to that unit.
Is Spitfire better than Bf 109?
The Bf 109 was arguably the best fighter in the world in 1940. It was faster than the Spitfire at high altitude, could dive more rapidly and carried a more effective armament of two cannon and two machine guns.
What do the numbers and letters on a Spitfire mean?
Spitfires had a few different markings, but primarily there were two. One, written in smaller, often black, text was the aircraft serial number and stayed with it for its entire life. The other, usually either side of the roundel was the squadron and airrcraft id: Image source. XT was 603 Squadron.
How do you identify a Spitfire?
The Spitfire has a curved canopy which sticks out from the top of the fuselage. As others have pointed out, there were many variants of both aircraft, and some variants lack the biggest recognition features. One variant of the Spit even lacks the distinctive elliptical wings, with cut-off straight wing-tips instead.
What is a high RAF score?
A RAF score of 1.00 indicates the patient is expected to use an average amount of resources. A score above 1.00 indicates high risk and therefore the patient is expected to use more than the average amount of resources.
How are RAF squadrons numbered?
The basic RAF squadron badge is the same for all squadrons, a circlet in Air Force Blue surmounted by a crown. The squadron number is on both sides of the circlet at 900 & 2700 positions, the words Royal Air Force appear in the lower half and Squadron in the top half. A motto appears below this in a scroll.