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.
Here, author 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.
Javelin Boys is bound to appeal to all aviation fans.
An avid aviation enthusiast and historian, Dr Steve Bond has spent most of his working life in the industry. He served in the Royal Air Force for twenty-two years as an aircraft propulsion technician, with tours on the Harrier, VC10, Chipmunk, Bulldog, Hawk and Tornado fleets, concluding his service career on the Eurofighter Typhoon with the MoD. Steve then spent 13 years with City University London as a senior lecturer and course director for the BEng/ MEng Air Transport Engineering and MSc Air Safety Management programmes. 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 a number of magazine articles and books, including Heroes All, Special Ops Liberators (with Richard Forder) Wimpy and Meteor Boys for Grub Street.