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Javelin Boys (signed by Steve Bond & Bryan Elliott)

Air Defence From The Cold War to Confrontation

Steve Bond

£20.00

This book has been signed by author Steve Bond and veteran Bryan Elliott.

Aeroplane magazine’s ‘Book of the Month’ (December 2017)

The Gloster Javelin was the UK’s first line of night and all-weather air defence both at home and in RAF Germany. In the 1950s, when it replaced the Meteor and Venom, this revolutionary bomber/interceptor became the focus of many great stories told here in terrific detail.

Here, author Steve Bond has interviewed a number of veterans, all with captivating tales of their time on the aircraft. Alongside their anecdotes is a detailed history of this unusual aircraft, accompanied by photography never seen before in print.

Javelin Boys is bound to appeal to all aviation fans.

11 in stock

Format: Hardback
Extent: 208 pages
Dimensions: 234 x 156mm
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Publication Date: 25 September 2017

Aeroplane magazine’s ‘Book of the Month’ (December 2017)

The Gloster Javelin was the UK’s first line of night and all-weather air defence both at home and in RAF Germany. In the 1950s, when it replaced the Meteor and Venom, this revolutionary bomber/interceptor became the focus of many great stories told here in terrific detail.

With an unorthodox aerodynamic design, the Javelin initially had major production issues, which involved a tendency for engines to self-destruct under certain conditions. Despite this and the criticism it faced – its nicknames included ‘Flying Flat-Iron’ and ‘Harmonious Dragmaster’ – the aircraft still receives much affection from its former aircrew.

Starting from the first deliveries of Javelins in 1956 until the final withdrawal from RAF squadron use in 1968, Javelin Boys describes adventures in Cyprus, Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation and Zambia during the Rhodesian declaration of UDI. In this period a total of 434 Javelins were built, with their use spanning across eighteen different squadrons.

Steve Bond has interviewed a number of veterans, all with captivating tales of their time on the aircraft. Alongside their anecdotes is a detailed history of this unusual aircraft, accompanied by photography never seen before in print. This book is bound to appeal to all aviation fans.

Steve Bond

Steve Bond is a life-long aviation enthusiast and historian, who has also been fortunate enough to spend most of his working life in the industry.  He served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years as an aircraft Propulsion Technician, with tours on the Ha …

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