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Britain First becomes the Blenheim Mk I

There were a few problems however, in the guise of Brigadier General P R C Groves, a former Secretary-General of the Air League of the British Empire. Where Groves had got his ideas from is uncertain but he told Rothermere that he was making a fool of himself, the aircraft would never be viable, was likely to kill anyone foolish enough to fly in it and that the papers would delight at making him the butt of all their jokes for wasting such a large sum on a seemingly waste of time. Rothermere, not being at all technically minded, was incensed that he may be taken for a fool and it took all the skills of Blos and the lucid and persuasive talking ability of Roy Feddon to charm Lord Rothermere. Fedden was a past master at explaining things in a non-technical manner and had Lord Rothermere disarmed with tales of the aircraft's capability. He recounted long hot June days, beginning with toast and coffee at Croydon, flying across to Paris in comfort to enjoy a continental breakfast, then on down to Nice for aperitifs before onward to Rome for lunch, relaxing as the aircraft flies to Vienna for tea, then quickly on to Berlin for aperitifs before flying into Brussels for dinner. Then later arriving back in London for liqueurs and coffee after a pleasant day trip around some of the capitals of Europe. Rothermere was sold; he tore up the critical report and so insured that the famous breed of Blenheims, Beauforts and Beaufighters was ensured for the coming war.

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Britain First - the prototype at Filton

Britain First - the prototype at Filton
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A flight of Blenheim Mk I's - developed from the Britain First.  At the outbreak of war some 1089 were in service.

A flight of Blenheim Mk I's - developed from the Britain First. At the outbreak of war some 1089 were in service.
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