Bonzer Delivery

Inside Stories: Blue Steel flight

Former RAF navigator Jack Talliss describes how his crew delivered the RAF’s first complete Blue Steel nuclear missile to Australia. A hectic journey that included thick fog, an active volcano, fine wine, a missing spare part and soaring temperatures.

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To accommodate Blue Steel in its semirecessed position under the fuselage, selected airframes required modifications to the weapons bay and doors, along with the wing spars.
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It was 1963. The Beatles’ debut studio album was out, David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia was still the talk of film fans, the first James Bond movie aired and that November, US President John F Kennedy was assassinated.

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