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English Electric Canberra PR9

Released to service in 1951 the British Aircraft Corporation Canberra was the Royal Air Force’s first jet bomber. Work had begun on the aircraft’s design back in 1945 when it was realised...

English Electric Lightning F1

The Lightning aircraft was the RAF’s first sustained supersonic aircraft, and it is the only British designed and built fighter capable of flying at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound).Built as an interim...

General Dynamics F-111F-CF

The origins of the F-111 lie in US government's attempt to replace both the US Navy’s Phantom and the US Air Force’s F-105 with two versions of one new aircraft. The resulting Tactical Fighter Experimental...

Gloster Javelin FAW1

Intended to be the RAF’s first all-weather fighter the Gloster Javelin suffered a protracted development and shaky entry into service before going on to become one of the RAF’s most popular aircraft of...

Handley Page Hastings

The Hastings first flew in May 1946 and replaced the Avro York as the Royal Air Force’s standard long-range transport from 1948. Designed at the outset to accommodate a variety of roles, the Hastings...

Handley Page Victor K2

The crescent winged Handley Page Victor was one of the longest serving aircraft designs to be found within the Royal Air Force during the Cold War period. It was also one of the most adapted aircraft,...

Hawker Hunter T7A

The Hunter T.7 was the two-seater training version of the first high-speed jet fighter with radar and fully-powered flying controls to go into widespread service with the Royal Air Force.Despite initial...

Hawker Siddeley Vulcan B2

The Vulcan was one of three aircraft intended to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent. It was designed shortly after World War II and was the world’s first delta-winged jet bomber. Initially equipped with...

Leopard 1

When the West German army had been established it had been supplied with American tanks, notably the M47 and M48. By 1956 it was evident that M47 in particular was no more than a stop-gap. The West Germans...

Malkara

This Australian anti-tank missile was developed in 1951, following up on German wartime research especially in wire-guidance. The Australian Government supported the development with assistance from...
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