The planes, trains and automobiles thread got me thinking, and specifically the warplane photographs, about our odd dichotomous relationship with instruments of war.
I see that a Spitfire is a genuinely beautiful design. A Vulcan might be considered similarly elegant, or at least striking but these machines were built to kill people, and have done so. The Lancaster was, arguably, an instrument of mass murder. We don’t tend to see pictures of Axis bombers do we, or celebrate their engine noise? It is no exaggeration to say that I have parents who might well be physically sick if they heard the sound of a V1. Might others feel the same about a picture of a B17 mimicking an engine fire? Do we feel more uncomfortable looking at a photo of a restored machine gun than we do an aircraft?
I have issues with war and glory, rather than war and remembrance. War museums and displays vary in their success with these two angles in my view. I see the interest in these old (and indeed contemporary) machines and the older I get the more uncomfortable I feel. I appreciate their engineering but hate their purpose.
I hope those enjoying that other thread appreciate I do not criticise their interest just reflect my own feelings. I did not want to post this in that thread.