Behind the scenes of an RAF Venom squadron in 1955

VENOMS FOR ALL-WEATHER DEFENCE

‘The Aeroplane’ visited RAF Waterbeach to see 253 Squadron operating the Venom N.F.2 all-weather fighter and published its report in the December 23, 1955 issue

SEVERAL SQUADRONS of de Havilland Venom two-seat all-weather fighters have been in service with the R.A.F. in the United Kingdom for some time past, including both Marks 2 and 3. Having had time to settle down with their equipment, Venom aircrews are unanimous in praise for the aircraft, which has a particularly good climb and endurance.

Externally similar to the Venom 2, except for its inset tailplane and symmetrical radome, the N.F.3 has powered ailerons of increased chord and many other refinements to improve both flying and servicing characteristics.
Externally similar to the Venom 2, except for its inset tailplane and symmetrical radome, the N.F.3 has powered ailerons of increased chord and many other refinements to improve both flying and servicing characteristics.

We recently visited No. 253 Squadron, which shares Waterbeach, Cambridge, with the Hunter 5s of No. 56 Squadron and the Meteor 8s of No. 63 Squadron, and operates with Venom N.F.2s. No. 253 Squadron, which was re-formed for its job comparatively recently, is commanded by Wg. Cdr. P. J. S. Finlayson, A.F.C.; all-weather fighter squadrons being in the same category as maritime reconnaissance and V-bomber unit, in having O.C.s of this rank.

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