Venom: De Havilland Venom and Sea Venom : The Complete History
The de Havilland Venom carried out more operational ground attack sorties than any other RAF aircraft since the Second World War, seeing service as an RAF fighter-bomber between 1952 and 1962. Successor to the Vampire, the Venom was also produced in a two-seat night fighter version, which was developed into the Sea Venom for the Royal Navy. With the co-operation and assistance of many former Service and civilian pilots, the record can finally be set straight in what is the definitive history of this ground-attack, all weather and naval strike fighter. The problems of the trials and development program are discussed, followed by a detailed look at the aircraft's operational service with foreign air forces. The book's tour de force is the comprehensive account of Venom operations during the Suez campaign, the 'Firedog' operations in Malaya, and the protracted anti-terrorist offensive in Aden and Oman. These chapters throw new light on the conflicts and have been compiled from interviews, private papers, and personal accounts. Of particular interest is new information relating to the Sea Venom's career with the Fleet Air Arm. A final chapter covers the use of Venoms as private 'Warbirds' in the UK, New Zealand and the USA.
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Venoms with the Second Tactical Air Force and Associated Problems
Middle East Operations
The Suez Crisis
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249 Squadron 60 Squadron A&AEE Abu Sueir Aden aerobatic aerobatic team aileron aircraft airfield airframe Akrotiri April Aquilon attack August Aviation bombers bombs Boscombe Canberra canopy carried carrier catapult Chester Christchurch cockpit Colin Richardson crashed crews December deck landing deliveries detachment disbanded display ejection seats engine equipment exercise February fire Firedog Fit Lt flew flight flown flying flypast formation fuel further fuselage Ghost ground-attack Habbaniya Hatfield Havilland HMS Albion included installation January Jebel July June Khormaksar later Lt Cdr March Meteor missile modifications month Museum Naval November October operational pilot programme prototype radar RAE Bedford re-equip returned rockets Royal rudder runway Sea Venom Sea Venom FAW.21 September Sharjah sorties Sqn Ldr Squadron Venom strike Suez Swiss Air Force take-off tanks target Tengah tip-tanks trials unit Vampire Vampire FB.5s Venom FB.l Venom NF.2 Venom squadrons Wg Cdr wing Wunstorf Yeovilton