The de Havilland Vampire was the second jet fighter to enter RAF service, coming after the Gloster Meteor. Featuring a twin boom fuselage, which was to become a common feature of de Havilland designs, the Vampire proved a capable early jet fighter.
Known affectionately as the "Jump Jet" the Harrier GR1 was the first vertical take-off and landing aircraft flown operationally by the RAF, coming into service in 1969. It soon become a crowd favourite drawing huge crowds whenever it was putting on its unique display.
The GR9A entered service in October 2006 as an updated and improved version of the already very successful Harrier GR7. Boasting an improved avionic suite, as well as a much improved weapons capability, the GR9A represents a substantial leap forward in capability over the older GR7 Harriers.
The Cromwell, officially named Cruiser Tank MkVIII, was one of the most successful British tanks of the Second World War.
The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, noted for its great speed. It is the onlyall-British Mach 2 fighter and was the first aircraft in the world capable of cruising at Mach+ speeds. It could also carry the awesome Firestreak missile.
Entering RAF service in 2007, the Eurofighter Typhoon represents the RAF's most up-to-date and capable air asset. With attainable speeds of over 1,500mph, along with incredible manoeuvrability, the Eurofighter is one of the world's leading fifth generation fighter aircraft. It is also in service with the air arms of Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia...
The prototype Bf109A first flew in 1935. The later E model was more powerful and better armed and by the summer of 1940 over 500 were in service for the offensive against Great Britain. By this time, the 109E had already proved to be a competent fighter aircraft in the skies above Poland, France and the low countries.It met its match over England and was...
Introduced in 2007, the updated MINI Cooper S featured a number of improvements over its predecessor. As well as improved interior space, the new Cooper S also introduced a new engine, now turbo rather than supercharged, resulting in an output of 184bhp, with the dash to 62mph being covered in 7.0 seconds. Raced successfully over the world, the Cooper S...
After the fall of France in 1940, the two great air arms of the day, Great Britain's RAF and Germany's Luftwaffe, faced each other in large numbers for the first time. The spearhead of the Luftwaffe was the Messerschmitt Bf109E. A formidable fighting machine, it had proved itself to be world class throughout its previous campaigns.
Between June 1940 and November 1942 the small but strategically important island of Malta, situated in the Mediterranean Sea, became the most heavily bombed place on earth when first Italian and then German bombers attempted to force the island to surrender.