The Battle of Britain in numbers

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Around 40 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheim bombers have taken flight from Goodwood Aerodrome to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The flight marked the biggest congregation of wartime aircraft since the Second World War and to mark the event here are 10 facts you need to know:


RAF pilots who served with Fighter Command, also referred to as "The Few" by Winston Churchill

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The number of aircraft that RAF Fighter Command had to take on the Germans in July, 1940


The number of Luftwaffe aircraft British pilots faced that month


The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940


The number of other nations whose pilots flew for Britain during the battle

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The number of RAF Fighter Command pilots who lost their lives in the Battle of Britain


The number of new fighter aircraft produced in the summer of 1940


The number of RAF aircraft that were lost during the Battle of Britain


Each pilot's yearly salary


The speed in mph most Spitfires can achieve in level flight