Rise and Fall
The Nimrod was developed as a search and patrol jet for the RAF in the late 1960s and remained operational in various modified and updated forms into the 21st century. This appreciation of the aircraft, written by one of the original test pilots, describes how it was designed and built and its operational history, contending that it became perhaps the finest reconnaissance plane in the world and lamenting the decision to withdraw it from service in 2011.
True Stories from the Operators of the UK's First Four-Jet Bomber
The Vickers Valiant was the first of the RAF 'V bombers' to be developed to carry Britain's nuclear deterrent, and was used to drop both atomic and hydrogen bombs in tests in the late 1950s. Drawing on the personal memories of pilots and crew, this record of the aircraft’s service history includes descriptions of its work as a strike bomber, its engagement during the Suez Crisis, and its reconnaissance and in-flight refuelling duties in the early 1960s.