• Short Summary

    CAMERAMEN AND REPORTERS WERE ALLOWED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO INSPECT PART OF BRITAIN'S V-BOMBER FORCE EQUIPPED WITH THE BLUE STEEL STAND OFF BOMB.

  • Description

    CAMERAMEN AND REPORTERS WERE ALLOWED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO INSPECT PART OF BRITAIN'S V-BOMBER FORCE EQUIPPED WITH THE BLUE STEEL STAND OFF BOMB.THESE ARE THE FIRST PICTURES TAKEN OF THE BLUE STEEL UNDER OPERATION CONDITIONS.

    THE AIRCRAFT WHICH CARRY THE BLUE STEELS ARE AVRO-VULCANS MARK II.THE VULCAN WAS FIRST PLANNED AS FAR BACK AS 1947 AND WAS THE WORLD'S FIRST LARGE BOMBER USING THE DELTA-WING DESIGN.THE MARK II ENTERED OPERATION SERVICE WITH BRITAIN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE (RAF) IN 1960.

    MANY OF THE TECHNICAL DETAILS ABOUT THE VULCAN MARK II ARE STILL ON THE SECRET LIST.

    THE BLUE STEELS -- AS HUGE AS THEY ARE -- FIT INTO THE BOMB BAY OF THE VULCANS.THEY ARE DESIGNED TO PENETRATE THE LAST TWO HUNDRED MILES OF DEFENCES ENABLING THE BOMBERS TO LAUNCH THEIR DEADLY LOAD WITHOUT COMING INTO RANGE.

    AFTER BEING LAUNCHED FROM THE CARRIER-AIRCRAFT, THE BLUE STEEL IS GUIDED TO ITS TARGET BY AN AUTOMATIC BUILT-IN NAVIGATION SYSTEM.AS IT REQUIRES NO SIGNALS FROM OUTSIDE, IT CANNOT BE JAMMED OR DIVERTED BY COUNTER-MEASURES DURING FLIGHT.

    THE BLUE STEEL MEASURES 35 FEET IN LENGTH, AND HAS A WING SPAN OF 13 FEET.A DECISION IS EXPECTED BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH WHETHER TO PRODUCE A MARK II BLUE STEEL, WHICH HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH A RANGE OF 1,000 MILES AND WHICH COULD BE READY IN A FEW YEARS TIME.MEANWHILE, THE BLUE STEEL MARK II IS BRITAIN'S MAJOR NUCLEAR DETERRENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADHCB3E82AD2NUKM705P4L9VYW
    Media URN:
    VLVADHCB3E82AD2NUKM705P4L9VYW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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