Gloster Javelin Postcard

This week’s postcard is a little different as we head to the 1950s with this fine aerial shot of a Gloster Javelin interceptor aircraft:

The Javelin was introduced to the RAF in 1956 as a subsonic all weather and night interceptor aircraft, designed to quickly take off and intercept Russian aircraft before they could release bombs over the UK. The aircraft used twin engines and had a delta wing design that made it easy to fly, even on one engine.

In the end the type did not see combat with the Russians, but was used in the Indonesia-Malaysian confrontation between 1963 and 1966 when they flew from Singapore on combat patrols over the Malaysian jungle. 435 of the aircraft were built and they remained in service until 1968 when they were retired as more advanced variants of the Lightning became available.

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