Gloster Javelin

The Gloster Javelin was a twin-engined all-weather interceptor aircraft that served with Britain's Royal Air Force in the late 1950s and most of the 1960s. It was a T-tailed delta-wing aircraft designed for night and all-weather operations and was the last aircraft design to bear the Gloster name. Introduced in 1956 the aircraft received several upgrades during production to its engines, radar and weapons, including support for the De Havilland Firestreak air-to-air missile.
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RAF Gloster Javelin fighters at Farnborough Airshow in the 1950s or 60s.

RAF Gloster Javelin fighters at Farnborough Airshow in the 1950s or 60s.

Gloster Javelin The Javelin was an impressive looking, if less than capable in practice, all-weather cannon and missile-armed interceptor from the 1950s and 60s. The 432 Javelins served as the backbone of the RAF’s anti-bomber defense for most of the 1960s before being replaced by the Lightning and Phantom in front line squadrons.

Gloster Javelin The Javelin was an impressive looking, if less than capable in practice, all-weather cannon and missile-armed interceptor from the 1950s and 60s. The 432 Javelins served as the backbone of the RAF’s anti-bomber defense for most of the 1960s before being replaced by the Lightning and Phantom in front line squadrons.

Gloster Javelin XH849 RAF Golden Jubilee Air Display RAF Abingdon 1968

Gloster Javelin XH849 RAF Golden Jubilee Air Display RAF Abingdon 1968

RAF Butterworth Gloster Javelin 60Sqn by Chris French - Designed to a specification originating in 1947, the Gloster Javelin prototype took to the air for the first time in 1951. Production FAW.1 aircraft were delivered to 46Sqn based at RAF Odiham in 1956 but the aircraft was severely restricted in its flight envelope due to concerns over its stall characteristic. Further variations followed until many of the faults had been ironed out in the later FAW.7, FAW.8 and FAW.9 aircraft. These…

RAF Butterworth Gloster Javelin 60Sqn by Chris French - Designed to a specification originating in 1947, the Gloster Javelin prototype took to the air for the first time in 1951. Production FAW.1 aircraft were delivered to 46Sqn based at RAF Odiham in 1956 but the aircraft was severely restricted in its flight envelope due to concerns over its stall characteristic. Further variations followed until many of the faults had been ironed out in the later FAW.7, FAW.8 and FAW.9 aircraft. These…

Gloster Javelin - check out that massive fin! Classic beauty - one of my favourite aircraft.

Gloster Javelin - check out that massive fin! Classic beauty - one of my favourite aircraft.

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