MANUFACTURER(S): Gloster - UK
OPERATORS: United Kingdom
LENGTH: 56.27 feet (17.15 meters)
WIDTH: 52.00 feet (15.85 meters)
HEIGHT: 16.01 feet (4.88 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 24,000 pounds (10,886 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 31,579 pounds (14,324 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire ASSa.6 turbojet engines developing 8,000 lb of thrust each.
SPEED (MAX): 709 miles-per-hour (1141 kilometers-per-hour; 616 knots)
RANGE: 951 miles (1,530 kilometers; 826 nautical miles)
CEILING: 52,493 feet (16,000 meters; 9.94 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 5,405 feet-per-minute (1,647 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Gloster Javelin Twin-Seat Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft.
Entry last updated on 6/18/2017.
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The Gloster Javelin was the first twin-engine delta-wing jet fighter design to take up service with any one air force. The system would also become the United Kingdoms first all-weather day or night fighter and the very final production design of the fabled World War Two powerhouse company Gloster.
The Javelin was a twin-seat turbojet fighter designed to fulfill the role of all-weather interception for the Royal Air Force. The system was produced as far back as 1948 but not fielded till 1956. In between that time, three prototype and pre-production aircraft were lost in maneuvers that prompted a complete redesign of the aircraft. By designs end, the system would be fielded with an all-delta wing surface structure fitted to two Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire turbojet engines with a dominant tailplane section consisting of a high-mounted elevator assembly with rudder.
At the time of production, the Javelin was one of the most technologically advanced aircraft of the day. The ability for the system to be able to see and attack in any weather, day or night, was quite an advantage when fielded against lesser foes. Armed with a conservative array of 2 x 20mm cannons, the system would have to wait until the FAW.Mk 7 in 1958 to see the implementation of air-to-air infra-red homing missiles, completing the transformation of the post-world war design to a more contemporary fighter. Variants later, the Javelin system would be fielded with an inflight refueling probe and drop tanks that would impressively increase the overall combat radius of the aircraft.
As it stood, the Javelin maintained a successful service record, being fielded by as many as 14 squadrons in the Royal Air Force alone. The system would see production until 1967, by which time the Javelin would be replaced by more modern turbojet and turbofan fighters - ultimately closing the book on one of the most successful aviation companies in history.
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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units