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10 most important RAF aircraft of the Cold War

Old 19th Oct 2021, 16:12
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MPN, the Sea Harrier was a FAA aircraft, no mater what color coveralls the pilot wore in the cockpit....
Accepted, of course. I thought the RAF Harriers splashed something Rotary? Not exactly Air Combat, but all’s fair in love and war!

Oh, so Air Cdre Geoff Cooper, my one-time boss as AOC MATO, was the last? Before he became Air Correspondent for the Daily Telgraph. Never knew that!
One of the pilots involved in the first incident was Geoff Cooper (from 208 Sqn) who later that year was shot down by the American pilot Chalmers Goodlin, flying an Israeli Spitfire Mk IX. Cooper was found by Bedouin tribesmen and returned to his base. Like the Spitfire, he would later fight in Malaya.

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Strange that an aircraft that was 40 years in service from the 50s, carried a nuclear weapon, and was frequently in contact with potential enemy equipment, gets no mention.
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Originally Posted by Shackeng
Strange that an aircr aft that was 40 years in service from the 50s, carried a nuclear weapon, and was frequently in contact with potential enemy equipment, gets no mention.
What aircraft would that be then, Shackeng?
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The Pembroke did a good job up the Corridor.
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Originally Posted by sandiego89
Of course- very negligent of me, but in the waning days of the cold war, and would not include it in the RAF top ten.
Waning days of the Cold War - seriously?

If you mean waning days meaning pretty much half of the cold war era then fair enough.....but given the Buccaneer entered RAF service in 1969, and was still in service when the cold war 'ended' when the fall fell down, I'd hardly call that 20+ years as waning days.....

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Im pretty sure the RAF operated the Buccaneer for just a bit...!
Absolutely correct of course.
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Absolutely correct of course.
he will be pleased you confirmed that
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Old 19th Oct 2021, 20:43
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Originally Posted by Shackeng
Strange that an aircraft that was 40 years in service from the ‘50s, carried a nuclear weapon, and was frequently in contact with potential enemy equipment, gets no mention.
The Chipmunk? Yes, I understand some instructors could be rather volatile in temperament

I'm guessing the Buccaneer is your real suggestion?
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Treadders,you`ll have to do better than that....it`s all in the name,#23
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The problem if launched, would have been reaching the target before the Cold War ended….

(Accepting it would have been, marginally, faster than the Wasp…)
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
The Chipmunk? Yes, I understand some instructors could be rather volatile in temperament

I'm guessing the Buccaneer is your real suggestion?
Don’t forget the Chippie wasn’t just a trainer, it did some Stirling work in the photo recon come spy in the sky.
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The Jaguar and Buccaneer seem strange omissions.
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Originally Posted by sycamore
Treadders,you`ll have to do better than that....it`s all in the name,#23
Shack was mentioned wasn't it? Confess it I must, I had had a wee drinky or two when I posted last night...
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Nobody mentioned the Valiant ?
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If defence of the Nuclear Deterrent is a criteria, then obviously the RAF's premier, all-British, twin-engined, short-ranged, supersonic interceptor; Bloodhound.
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For those of us on Canberras at the time MRCA stood for 'Must Refurbish Canberras Again'. Carried guns, bombs, nukes, cameras, Elint from 0 to 50.000 feet. All in an aircraft designed at the end of WW2 and active from the beginning to the end of the Cold War. Used by USAF as well as RAF. Top of the list then?

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Originally Posted by DuncanDoenitz
If defence of the Nuclear Deterrent is a criteria, then obviously the RAF's premier, all-British, twin-engined, short-ranged, supersonic interceptor; Bloodhound.
Must admit, I did plenty of BFs on Bloodhounds, never did an AF though.
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