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RAF English Electric Lightning F6 fighters following Handley Page Victor XH587 Air-Air Refuelling drogues, Laverton, 1971

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito - a British multi-role combat aircraft w a 2 man crew that served during the WWII & the postwar era. The Mosquito entered production in 1941 & was 1 of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Used as low- to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft & fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft.

Handley Page Victor. To think this beautiful plane (as well as the Vulcan) was designed and built within just 7 years after WW2!!

English Electric Lightning with fuselage air brakes deployed. Extreme sweepback wing delays speed of sound onset of shockwaves.

Seventy years ago today Britain's first front-line jet fighter - the Gloster Meteor - took to the skies at the height of the Second World War and one will fly again

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