This Day in Aviation History
November 26th, 1951
First flight of the Gloster Javelin.
The Gloster Javelin was a twin-engined T-tailed delta-wing subsonic night and all-weather interceptor aircraft that served with Britain’s Royal Air Force from the mid-1950s and until the late 1960s. The last aircraft design to bear the Gloster name, it was introduced in 1956 after a lengthy development period and received several upgrades during its lifetime to its engines, radar and weapons, including support for the De Havilland Firestreak air-to-air missile.
The Javelin was succeeded in the interceptor role by the English Electric Lightning, a supersonic aircraft capable of flying at more than double the Javelin’s top speed, which was introduced into the RAF only a few years later. The Javelin served for much of its life alongside the Lightning; the last Javelins were withdrawn from operational service in 1968 following the induction of successively more capable versions of the Lightning….
Wikipedia, Gloster Javelin: http://gstv.us/1N82Esu
YouTube, The Gloster Jevelin. The First Delta All Weather Fighter Iterceptor.: http://gstv.us/1N82G3B
YouTube, RAF Gets Another New Fighter (1956): http://gstv.us/1N82Nwi
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