Originally intended as a trainer, the Anglo-French SEPECAT jet, equipped with the very latest in weapon-aiming and navigational equipment, eventually became the backbone of the RAF’s tactical strike-attack and recce forces for a decade from the mid-1970s.
In these pages, the Jaguar Boys – pilots, engineer and ground crew – tell of the aircraft’s drawbacks and joys, their sadness at losses, and their pleasure at its development into a readily deployable and outstandingly capable fighter-bomber for the post-Cold War era.
Then came the Gulf War which signalled the start of a hectic sequence of operational adventures and upgrades for the ‘Boys’ and seasoned veterans tell of action over Iraq and in the Balkans.
One of the best-loved of RAF types, the Jaguar commanded a fierce loyalty and affection which shines through in these accounts of an aircraft that will live forever in the memory.
PRAISE FOR JAGUAR BOYS
‘Stories appear from the Cold War, Gulf War and Balkan eras and are enjoyable and educational.’ Jets
‘What sets this book apart is that it is far more than one’s man account. Jaguar Boys is the story of the ground attack and reconnaissance aircraft told by those who flew in it and those who were responsible for ensuring it was well maintained.’ Eastern Daily Press
‘The book is a delight to read, you feel you are in the cockpit, the crew room, and the bar with them. The editing is superb, the stories well-told and authentic.’ Online review