Designed as the replacement for the Mosquito the B(I)8 was initially deployed in the battlefield interdiction role, fitted with 4x20mm cannon and underwing hard points for bombs, rockets and fuel tanks. Cameras were also employed for tactical battlefield recce sorties -great fun all round, low level stuff with no rules!!
With a world-wide operational role the B(I)8s made training flights ranging north/south from Bodo (Norway) to New Sarum (Rhodesia) and east/west from Hong Kong to Goose Bay (Canada).
By 1959/60 it was realised that the main nuclear strike force would have to go low-level to survive in penetrating Soviet airspace and the B(I)8 was modded to carry out nuclear LABS weapon delivery. Standing QRA guard in this mode during the height of the Cold War at bases in Germany until replaced by F4 Phantoms - the TSR2 having been disgracefully cancelled. This print is of a 59 Sqdn BI (8) en route to the weapons ranges in Libya in 1959.
August 8th, 2012
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