The atmospheric study of one of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Hawker Hurricane was taken at Cranfield on September 9, 1973, by BRIAN SERVICE.
Tupolev's Tu-95 "Bear-D" acts as a target locator for the launch crews of Russian surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile systems which are too far from the target to achieve precise aiming and guidance. Four 14,795 e.h.p. Kuznetsov NK-12MV turboprops driving eight-blade contra-rotating propellers provide the power.
The prototype English Electric B.3/45 Canberra, VN799, made its first flight at Warton on May 13, 1949, with Wg Cdr R. P. Beamont in command. Powered by two 6,500lb thrust Rolls-Royce Avon 101s, it was Britain’s first jet bomber and the first to enter RAF service. The type was conceived as an unarmed, high speed bomber in the Mosquito tradition, and its low-aspect ratio wing made it highly manoeuvrable. Designed for radar bombing with a two-man crew, the Canberra was revised as the B.2 to Spec B.5/47 from the fifth prototype, with a crew of three and visual aiming in the nose. The type entered service in May 1951 with 101 Squadron at Binbrook.
Northrop T-38 Talon No 1 of the Thunderbirds USAF aerobatic team, flown by team leader Lt Col Roger Parrish