Aerospace Center for Excellence

2017 Project STRATOS

After careful consideration the following students have been chosen as Finalists for 2017 Project STRATOS:


Robert LockeCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Justin Dal CollettoCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Adam SaoudCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Luke LiptakCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Andrew PitmanCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Gianna AzzaroCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Mark BrigmanCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Slade RosemondCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Isaac GravesCentral Florida Aerospace Academy
Seraiah NeedhamNeedham Family Homeschool


The 2017 Project STRATOS winner is Slade Rosemond.

Slade’s essay is below. 

The Forgotten Brother

It was 1935, a time of struggle and poverty as the world felt the effects of the Great Depression. With the second World War around the corner, the swift production of inexpensive aircraft was imperative to success. The British Spitfire is an example of one of the many renowned World War II fighters. Often overlooked, The Hawker Hurricane served as the Spitfire’s counterpart. The plane’s designer and builder, Sidney Camm, created the Hawker Hurricane from parts that were already being manufactured for other aircraft. This makeshift fighter, with it’s ability to be inexpensively produced and easily repaired, proved pivotal to a British victory in the battle of Britain.

The Hurricane made its debut February of 1938 piloted by Squadron Leader J W Gillian, Commanding Officer of Squadron 111. He flew from Scotland to Northolt in 48 minutes, the Hurricane averaging 409 miles per hour over a 327-mile trip. In September 1939, 19 Royal Air Force squadrons were equipped with Hurricanes; and the following October, the Hurricane scored the Royal Air Force’s first destruction of a German Luftwaffe aircraft.  

But the Hurricane made its primary mark on history in the Battle of Britain in August of 1940, a battle normally associated with spitfires. The Battle itself is considered to be the first battle entirely fought by air forces. What was intended to be a negotiated peace settlement with Germany quickly turned into attacks on English airfields, infrastructure, and even civilians. The Royal Air force called for 32 squadrons of Hurricanes and 19 squadrons of Spitfires. Compared to the fragile Spitfires, the Hurricanes were able to withstand the Luftwaffe and serve as a distraction. This allowed time for the more agile Spitfires to quickly take out enemy forces. The two aircraft complemented one another and secured a much needed victory for the British against Germany. Left unable to invade and take control of Britain, this battle is considered one of the Nazi’s first major defeats in the war.

While the Hurricane is often over looked for its more appealing counterpart, it was a key component in World War II. Without the production of the Hawker Hurricane, the Luftwaffe would have easily taken down any number of Spitfires the British could have produced. This crucial turning point in the war may not have then taken place, ultimately leading to an altered outcome of the war. Many Spitfire and Hurricane pilots gladly agree that the two aircraft perfectly complement one another.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row]

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