In Cold War pictures, how the RAF has always been ready to face Russia
These fascinating photographs from Imperial War Museum archives were assembled in full colour by historian Ian Proctor, and chronicle the history of the RAF after the Second World War.
On 5th Feb 1952, Flight Lieutenant Edward Powles flew a Spitfire Mk 19 of 81 Squadron based at Kai Tak in Hong Kong. and reached (probably) the highest altitude ever for a Spitfire. The Mark 19 reach over 50,000 ft. Later evaluation of the recorded flight data suggested he also achieved a speed of 690 mph or Mach 0.96 in the following dive. Image below is Mk 19 PS853, owned and operated by Rolls-Royce and flown by Phill O'Dell. Photo by John Dibbs.
VE Day Special — MHN Salutes the Warbirds of Europe (Photo Gallery)
IN HONOUR OF the 70th anniversary of VE Day, MilitaryHistoryNow.com invited warbird photographer Kai Hansen to share a few of his favourite images of some of the legendary aircraft of the Second Wo…
fishstickmonkey: “ Two Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.1 aircraft flying over HMS EAGLE, 1964. (Vertical topside view; the aerial photograph was taken from a Navy aircraft rolled on its back, 80 feet...
McDonnell-Douglas/BAC F-4K/M Phantom II - History
Cold War British military aircraft, including history, surviving airframes, profile drawings, photos, walkarounds, links, references. Also viewing guides for UK airfields and the Test Flying Memorial
Multi-coloured RAE Blackburn (HS) Buccaneer S.2 XW987 seen on short finals to A&AEE Boscombe Down - 19th July 1990. This is one of the three acquired for weapons trials - originally painted yellow/green/white - still with the camera gear attached under the wing-tips but repainted in 'standard' MoD(PE) Raspberry Ripple - red/white and blue. Obviously various panels have been replaced that are still in primer and the fin has been swapped from a line machine where the green/grey camouflage…
Although the Battle served well in the training role, it is sadly not in general remembered fondly. For the most part, in the first years of World War II the RAF was saddled with inadequate bomber types. Few turned out to be quite so inadequate as the Fairey Battle, which is today honored only in its association with suicidal and futile valor. A few Battles survive as static displays, but none remain flying.