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The Vickers Valiant was the first of the V-bombers to enter RAF service in 1955, followed by the Avro Vulcan in 1956 & the Handley-Page Victor in 1957.

Yak 141// In 1992 the Yak-141 was presented at Farnborough international air show and Le Bourget in 1993. Visitors and appraisers gave highest marks to this unique aircraft. Some countries showed interest in acquiring this plane, however no actual orders were made. It the early 1990s Lockheed Martin entered into partnership with Yakovlev Design Bureau for further development of this aircraft.

Royal Air Force Red Arrows flying in formation over the runway at their former home base, RAF Kemble in Gloucestershire. (Photo: Richard Cooke)

Prototype Vickers VC-10 in the colours of BOAC touching down at Farnborough. This aircraft first flew 29 June 1962 but was written off in 1972 after a very hard landing at Gatwick