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Early RAF jet planes of the 1940s and 50s.

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Uploaded on Nov 1, 2008

Early RAF jet planes of the 1940s and 50s. I have not included all of the RAF jets of the 40s and 50s just my favourites starting with the Gloster Meteor the first operational allied jet fighter. The Meteor entered RAF squadron service beginning in July 1944 and was used to intercept German V-1 flying bombs. Meteor IIIs flew to the Continent in January 1945 and operated out of the Low Countries with the 2nd Tactical Air Force until the end of the war in early May 1945. They performed ground strafing attacks there is some war time footage of this shown in the video. The next jets to appear in the video in the order that you see them are the de Havilland vampire also developed during the war but did not see any combat it holds two key distinctions in the history of aviation. It was the first jet-powered aircraft to successfully land on a moving aircraft carrier (the Sea Vampire) and was the first single-jet-powered aircraft in British service. Next the The de Havilland Venom FB.1 went into service with RAF Germany in the summer of 1952. The Hawker Hunter follows that it first entered service with the RAF in July 1954. Then we get into the bombers the first being the English Electric Canberra a really successful design it remained in service with the Royal Air Force until 23 June 2006, 57 years after its first flight. it was also one of the few foreign aircraft to be purchased by the Americans with the designation B57. Then come the V bombers. The Vickers Valiant was the first of the V-bombers and also the first to see combat, during the Anglo-French-Israeli Suez intervention in October and November 1956. Next in the video is the Handley-Page Victor it entered RAF service with Number 232 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) in November 1957. Although the Victor never fired a shot in anger, it did see action in the tanker role during the Falklands war. The second combat operations of the Victor took place in the first Gulf War. Following Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. Eight Victors provided tanker support. The Victors flew 229 sorties, providing refueling services for US Navy aircraft along with the RAF fleet. Victors also provided tanker support for air patrols over Iraq into 1993. The last Victor unit, Number 55 Squadron, was disbanded in October 1993. The last aircraft shown in the video is the Avro Vulcan it was the second of the V-bombers to enter service into service with the Number 230 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) in early 1957. They only saw combat at the end of their service in the Falklands war during the 7 black buck raids which also involved the Victor tankers. The Avro Vulcan performed its last flight in bomber service in December 1982 and as tankers they were retired in the spring of 1984.

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