Cold War (1947-1991)

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Avro Vulcan in the Cold War: a pilot's perspective

In the November 2014 issue of Aviation News, Dino Carrara talked to Edward Jarron, a former Vulcan pilot, about his time flying the big delta on the front line and at airshows

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A complete guide to USAFE's role in the Cold War

William Noble looks back on the role played by the USAFE during the first Cold War which officially lasted from 1947 until 1991.

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Vickers Valiant co-pilot on flying the ‘forgotten’ V-bomber

The Vickers Valiant: first of the ‘V-bombers’, and the one now most forgotten, despite how it paved the way for those that followed. A former co-pilot takes us into the Valiant’s cockpit, first in training with No 232 Operational Conversion Unit and then operationally on reconnaissance missions with No 543 Squadron, and reveals a capable but sometimes challenging aeroplane

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The secret Cold War RAF missions to test Soviet radars

Radio Proving Flights: the innocuous name given to top-secret electronic intelligence-gathering sorties, approved at the highest level, probing the performance of Soviet radar systems. In a lesser-known facet of its brief RAF service, the Boeing Washington was among the platforms that undertook this crucial Cold War role.

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Sweden’s Spitfires in the Cold War

Of all aspects of the Spitfire’s service, its post-war use as a photo-reconnaissance platform by the Swedish Air Force is one of the least well-known — especially as regards clandestine overflights of the Soviet Union

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The story of the MiG-19

A true Cold War warrior, the MiG-19 was produced in an extensive number of versions by several different manufacturers. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this iconic jet-powered warplane

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Canadian MiG available for passenger flights

Canada’s Waterloo Warbirds are offering flight experiences in two-seat Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI Natasha…

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Top Secret 'Operation Jiu Jitsu'

In early 1952, preparations were well advanced for an audacious Cold War operation, as Sqn Ldr John Crampton and his colleagues from the RAF Special Duty Flight got ready to fly their US-loaned North American RB-45Cs on deep penetration missions over the Soviet Union. Highly secret at the time, Operation ‘Jiu Jitsu’ can today be seen as the start of a new period in aerial reconnaissance

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THIS IS THE END

COLD WAR HISTORY Saigon evacuationIn 1975, America’s war in...

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GAME, SET AND MATCH

The Royal Navy’s concept of the Manned Torpedo- Carrying Helicopter...