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Delta Winged British Royal Air Force Gloucester Javelin Interceptor FAW.9 jet fighter
During the cold war the British Ministry of Defence realised that the United Kingdom was under threat from soviet bombers flying at high altitudes and dropping their bombs through cloud cover guided by means of radar. They needed an all weather interceptor. The delta winged Gloucester Javelin jet fighter was the answer. It could fly faster than the speed of sound and had a ceiling of 50,000 feet. In 1956 14 javelins were delivered to the RAF. The fighter was designated Gloucester Javelin FAW Mk1 (Fighter All Weather) The jet was continually improved and the FAW.7 variant most closely met the requirements of the RAF and became the most prevalent version. In total Gloucester Aircraft Company produced 427 Javelins.
Luckily the Gloucester Javelin jet fighters never saw action for their primary anti soviet nuclear bomber role. Some did go to Singapore and flew combat air patrols over the Malaysia jungles in 1964. The last Javelin was retired from service in 1968. Only 10 Javlins are preserved in various Air Museums. None are air worthy. The Gloucester Javelin in the photograph is at RAF Duxford, a branch of the Imperial War Museum, near Cambridge in Central England. It was built as an FAW.7 but was converted to an Gloucester Javelin FAW.9. This particular jet fighter was used to accurately calibrated the speed of the Shorts SC.9, Concorde and MRCA Tornado fighter projects. It was the last Javelin to fly. Due to a lack of further orders from the Government, Gloucester Aircraft Company closed in 1962.
Military Airforce Fighter Bomber and Transport Aircraft Airshow
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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