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Monday, 26 May 2008

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A coroner has urged the RAF to ground its entire fleet of biplane reconnaissance planes. This follows yet another crash, as a Sopwith Camel hit the ground when its pilot was too busy trying to unjam the rudder to notice how low he was flying.

The biplanes have served the RAF for over 90 years, and have made a valuable contribution to Britain's defence, but now they may not be up to the requirements of modern warfare.

An RAF spokesman, Chief Air Marshall Anthony Biggles, said: 'We can't agree, our planes are the best, and our chaps are the most frightfully decent chaps you could meet, what?' But the coroner, Mr. Justice Goring, claimed: 'Surely such planes, basically made up of plywood stuck together with glue, are not adequate any more. And wasn't the Comet, on which they're based, removed from the skies after they had crashed so many times?'

Minister of Defence, Mrs. Paula Tack, said: 'At least we haven't been using ancient planes just to save money, our airmen are in safe hands.' But in an off-the-record comment, pilot Barry Righthoven added: 'Sure, and my name's Amelia Earhart.'

Trevor Howard was unavailable for comment.

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