The Year of '57

The years aircraft: Fairey Rotodyne

Ted Lovesey's Story  Fun in military research

January     The Avro Vulcan strategic bomber enters service with the Royal Air Force. It begins to enter squadron service during the summer of 1957

August    An experimental Fleet Air Arm flight of Supermarine Scimitars forms at Royal Naval Air Station Ford, the first unit to be equipped with the aircraft. The Scimitar is the Royal Navy's first transonic swept-wing aircraft as well as its first aircraft capable of carrying a nuclear weapon.

November    Delivery of the Handley Page Victor strategic bomber to the Royal Air Force begins