Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Charles Sims (Aviation Photographer) 1901-1983

Charles Sims was photographer of the 'Aeroplane' magazine. Having been everywhere in the British industry throughout the 1930s, Sims knew it wasn't luck that when war came, all those Hurricanes and Spitfires and Merlins and radar and everything behind them were in place. He knew the people who strove for all that, in industry and in government, while Hitler saw Britain as Oxford Union pacifists,Mosleyites, and wet politicians with monocles.Sims saw the RAF having to fight its own wets too,including the air marshal whom he heard say, at a Hurricane press presentation at Brooklands in about 1936: "Monoplanes will never be able to dogfight."