British Cold War Aircraft

The UK used a wide variety of military aircraft during the Cold War…

In the earlier Cold War years many were designed and manufactured by British companies.

Later on, as the cost and sophistication of modern jets increased, most were purchased from foreign manufacturers or international consortiums.

But all have left their mark on the national Cold War memory

The UK operated 12 main types of jet fighters & interceptors during the Cold War. The table below summarises their overall in-service years (dates for individual types and upgrades are not shown):

Fighters / Interceptors

Multi-Role / Strike


Maritime Patrol Aircraft

Training / Light Attack

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