Revealing 1950s Fighter Command Exercise Report

A fascinating article on a 1957 UK air defence exercise which focused on countering a massed attack on the first day of a conflict from The Aeroplane’s June 7 issue

Although aircraft development had proceeded at an extraordinary pace even after World War Two, the RAF still did not have an air-to-air missile in frontline service by the time of this exercise in May 1957. Consequently, jet fighters at the time were armed with cannon and it is interesting to see how the RAF and USAF had different tactics for attacking bombers.

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