A purely self indulgent post here. If, like me, you were an aviation mad kid growing up in the 1970’s you’ll recall seeing what are now museum exhibits being used as modern front line aircraft. This 1974 Skywatch programme, presented by the legendary Raymond Baxter, gives an amazing overview of the full range of RAF front line aircraft of the time, including Phantom, Vulcan, Lightning, Harrier, Buccaneer and the then-new Jaguar.
It’s a wonderfully atmospheric programme, reminding me what a great presenter Raymond Baxter was and, in the midst of the current defence cutting culture, what a strong Royal Air Force we had back then to face the perceived threat from the Eastern Bloc aircraft such as the Tulopev TU95 Bear.
The final tbing I considered – Vulcan, Jaguar and Harrier are now cut from our forces in the UK. Yet the TU 95 continues in service…
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