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Seersucker

This Seersucker missile was recovered from Umm Qasar in Southern Iraq by RAF officers after the Gulf War. A missile of this type was fired at Royal Navy ships during the conflict. It was intercepted...

Short Brothers Belfast

Belfast aircraft were the first British aircraft designed to meet the RAF’s need for long-range transport, and were the world’s first military cargo aircraft with a fully automatic landing system.Broadly...

Sidewinder

Ford-Raytheon AIM-9 Sidewinder A short-range passive Infra-Red homing heat-seeking air-to-air missile carried offensively and for self-defence. Named after the Sidewinder snake, which also detects its...

Skybolt

In 1958 several US contractors demonstrated to the USAF that large ballistic vehicles could be launched from strategic bombers at high altitude. The contractors argued that this alternative means of ballistic...

SRAAM

As a result of the Vietnam War, which highlighted the need for positive visual identification of targets before missile launch, a new need for a Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) was created. Technology...

Swingfire

Swingfire is an anti-tank missile which owes its development to the Vigilant and Orange William projects. It was in 1960 that Swingfire was produced using Thrust Vectored Control (TVC) to manoeuvre...

Thor

The design contract for this single-stage, intermediate-range surface-surface ballistic missile (I.R.B.M) was awarded to Douglas Aircraft Corporation in December 1955. The first launch took place...

Thunderbird

During World War II, a British SAM programme was established with the system known as Brankemine. Although the missile programme was inadequately funded, the first test firing took place in September...

Vickers Valiant B1

‘The Valiant held Bomber Command’s head high, nationally and internationally’ Air Pictorial, March 1965 First flown May 1951, the Vickers Valiant was the first ‘V’ bomber...
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