On nuclear alert with the SEPECAT Jaguar during the Cold War

Key.Aero’s Dino Carrara interviewed Air Vice-Marshal Bob Judson (ret.) about his time flying the SEPECAT Jaguar. In this extract, he talks in detail about his time assigned to the nuclear strike role during the Cold War


Q. What it was like to be assigned to the nuclear strike role on the Jaguar?

A. When I started out on the front line with the Jaguar I went initially to 17 Squadron, just as the Tornado Force was building up at Brüggen and the Jaguar Force was winding down. The Brüggen squadrons had both a nuclear strike role and the attack role and because we sat Quick Reaction Alert [QRA], in the nuclear strike role, the first priority [for training] was to do nuclear strike. That's what we worked up as new pilots on the squadron and then you could do QRA and relieve the burden on other pilots so that everyone could do their share.

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