Insights from a 1959 Gloster Javelin flight

We found a view-from-the-cockpit report from a 1959 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics on the RAF’s latest fighter at the time

In 1959, when a writer from The Aeroplane and Astronautics got to fly in a Gloster Javelin, it was the RAF’s latest cutting-edge interceptor and its first all-weather jet fighter. Designed to intercept bombers at high altitude, it was initially armed with 30mm Aden cannon, while some of the later variants were also able to carry four Firestreak air-to-air missiles.

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