The Curator’s Choice 45

Cold War Interceptors
Gloster Javelin FAW.9 – McDonnell F-101B – Tupolev Tu-138

During the first decade of the Cold War the great fear held on both sides of the Iron Curtain was fleets of bombers armed with nuclear weapons destroying their countries. To counter them both sides designed and made interceptors, aircraft specifically designed to meet and destroy those bombers before they were able to deliver their weapons. Let’s look at three aircraft designed to fill that role. Their main armament was missiles with which to destroy the enemy and they all had operators in a rear seat for the large radars they used to find their targets.


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