Javelin Boys

Air Defence from the Cold War to Confrontation

Steve Bond

The adventures of pilots of the Gloster Javelin across Cyprus, Singapore during the Indonesian Confrontation and in Zambia during the Rhodesian declaration of UDI.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
Illustrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781910690406
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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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.

About The Author
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A life-long aviation professional and historian, Dr Steve Bond has spent over forty years working in the industry. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on many different aircraft, and was part of the Eurofighter Typhoon project team in the MoD. Steve then spent thirteen years with City University London as a senior lecturer and course director. He developed and ran the world’s first MSc Air Safety Management programme for aviation professionals and continues to lecture on the subject. He has a PhD in Air Safety Management, is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is also the author of many magazine articles and books including: Heroes All, Special Ops Liberators (with Richard Forder), Wimpy, Meteor Boys and Javelin Boys for Grub Street.

REVIEWS
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"Steve Bond's Javelin Boys draws on the memories of aircrew and engineers alike to present a masterful assembly of facts and anecdotes...an enthralling read that i thoroughly recommend."

- Royal Airforce History, Vol. 69

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