Two aircraft figure in
the pilot episode, First Principles.
manufactured by Hawker Siddley of the United Kingdom, the firm
has since merged with British Aerospace. The twin-airscrew aircraft
first flew in 1960 had four major series: 100, -200, -300, It
held 58 passengers. By the time production ended in 1988, 337
were built and were in service from the heat of India to the bone-chilling
isolation of the Canadian north.
The aircraft’s history began in 1965 when the English and
French agreed on requirements for a dual-role trainer and tactical
support aircraft. The Royal Air Force originally intended to use
the aircraft purely as an advanced trainer, but this was later
changed to the offensive support role for cost effectiveness.
The first RAF aircraft took to the air in October 1969, and each
air force placed orders for 200 aircraft - the RAF opting for
165 single-seat and 35 two-seat aircraft. Deliveries to No 226
OCU at Lossiemouth began in 1973. At its peak the Jaguar equipped
eight front-line and 1 training squadron; Nos 14, 17, 20 and 31
Squadrons at Bruggen (strike and attack), II(AC) Sqn at Laarbruch
(reconnaissance) as well as the three Coltishall-based squadrons
(6, 41 and 54) and Lossiemouth based 16(Reserve).
In case you are wondering, yes, it’s fast. Thanks to a
pair of Turbomeca/Rolls-Royce engines, this 55-foot-long aircraft
rockets along at 1,593km/h. That’s fast enough to get you
in and out of the Kola Peninsula before the Russians can blink.