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Changing technology - part II

We continue our discussion of the RAF first service jets, looking at developments of the Vampire, and the commissioning of the Canberra.

The questions we looked to address here were:

  1. The Vampire was developed into the Venom: was that the end of its development potential?

  2. The Canberra was a very successful bomber – sold to the USAF as the B-57. What made the aircraft such a winner?

  3. Against Soviet air defences, what advantages did the Canberra have in the early Cold War period?

Our starting points – the questions above – largely deal with fighter developments, and then the first jet bomber for the RAF.

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From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War

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