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2017 Anderson Memorial Lecture “Blue Steel – The V Forces Stand-off Bomb"

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The Branch was honoured to learn that RIN Past President Air Commodore Norman Bonnor’s talk Blue Steel” – The V Forces Stand-off Bomb’ had been selected as the Anderson Memorial Lecture for 2017.

More than 80 persons attended the event, which was a combined lecture with the RAF Cranwell Branch of the RAeS and took place in Daedalus Officer's Mess RAF Cranwell on Monday 6th March 2017. Norman explained how the increasing risk of over-flying Soviet targets to release ballistic nuclear weapons led to the need for a stand-off capability. He continued by describing the early design decisions and development of a suitable stand-off missile. Norman also covered the contractor's and military trials at Aberporth and at Woomera in Australia; the modifications to the Victor and Vulcan for the missile's introduction to service use; how the navigators used the aircraft and missile systems to prepare a Blue Steel for launch; the Post Acceptance Launches by RAF crews in the mid 60s; its eventual demise with the introduction of Polaris, and finished with some myths and misconceptions about the missile and its in-service use.

  • 06 March 2017
  • East Midlands Branch

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