BBC2 - Friday, November 8th 2013 - "Cold War, Hot Jets"

BBC Two - Cold War, Hot Jets

"How the invention of the jet engine transformed Britain after the Second World War and came to capture the imagination of a generation and define how the Cold War was fought."

Episode 1

Britain emerged from the Second World War in financial crisis, but one technological innovation provided hope for the future - a world-leading jet aviation industry. During the Cold War, the jet engine became a lucrative export and a powerful piece of military hardware, but selling to the wrong buyer could alter the balance of power."

BBC Two - Cold War, Hot Jets, Episode 1

Episode 2 (Next Week)

As an 'Iron Curtain' fell across Europe, the jet bomber came to define how the
Cold War was fought. Able to fly faster, higher and further than ever before,
and armed with a devastating new weapon, Britain's V Force became the platform
for delivering nuclear armageddon.

BBC Two - Cold War, Hot Jets, Episode 2
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Well done Soleil and let us not forget that this also remembrance week-end too, I found this poem on FB and thought it particularly poignant, especially as it accompanied a stunning underwater photograph of a sunken ship quietly resting on the sea bed.
IN WATERS DEEP In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in ordered row, There young hearts sleep… beneath the wave… The spirited, the good, the brave,... But stars a constant vigil keep, For them who lie beneath the deep. ‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer On certain spot and think. “He’s there.” But you can to the ocean go… See whitecaps marching row on row; Know one for him will always ride… In and out… with every tide. And when your span of life is passed, He’ll meet you at the “Captain’s Mast.” And they who mourn on distant shore For sailors who’ll come home no more, Can dry their tears and pray for these Who rest beneath the heaving seas… For stars that shine and winds that blow And whitecaps marching row on row. And they can never lonely be For when they lived… they chose the sea.
I thought that this was very interesting. I wasn't aware of the link between Rolls Royce and the MiG.

Did you see the glee on his face when he was preparing to go up in the Provost?
A bit less time stooging around in a JP for more time naming the various machines we saw and their purpose might have been more useful. It would have been more informative and just as entertaining. There's always the risk, though, that someone might learn something. We saw a nice line-up of Fighter Command's Canadair Sabres that could have made the link with the MIG 15's nasty surprise and how "giving" the jet engine to the Americans provided a timely solution.

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