„I am strongly of opinion that we require to strengthen our armaments by air and upon the seas in order to make sure that we are still judges of our own fortunes, our own destinies and our own action.... Not to have an adequate air force in the present state of the world is to compromise the foundations of national freedom and independence.“

—  Winston Churchill, Speech https://api.parliament.uk/historic-hansard/commons/1933/mar/14/supply#column_1820 in the House of Commons (14 March 1933)
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