FlyPast Classics: Gloster Javelin

Gloster’s groundbreaking Javelin – the RAF’s first all-weather fighter – is explored by Andrew Thomas

When the Gloster Aircraft Company came to name its latest and, as it transpired, last of a long line of fighters for the RAF, it was christened Javelin. However, its design was anything but how the Oxford English Dictionary defines a light throwing spear.

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