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  Blue Steel missile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blue Steel was a United Kingdom air-launched, rocket-propelled nuclear stand-off missile, built to arm the V bomber force.
Blue Steel was the result of a Ministry of Supply memorandum from 5 November 1954 that predicted that by 1960 Soviet air defenses would make it prohibitively dangerous for V bombers to attack with nuclear gravity bombs.
Blue Steel emerged as a pilotless, winged aircraft roughly the size of the experimental Saunders-Roe SR.53 interceptor, with clipped delta wings and small canard foreplanes.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blue_Steel_missile   (568 words)

 Blue Steel stand-off missile   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Blue Steel was developed as a rocket powered stand-off missile for the V-force to meet OR.1132.
Blue Steel was carried by Vulcan B2 and Victor B2 aircraft and entered service in 1961.
Blue steel was to be armed with a 1Mt warhead called Red Snow.
www.skomer.u-net.com /projects/bluesteel.htm   (273 words)

 Bkue Steel
Blue Steel: 35 foot overall, SR53 45 foot overall.
But there was more to Blue Steel: not only had it fly like a supersonic aircraft, but because it was designed to fly up to Mach 3, the airframe was to be of stainless steel rather than aluminium, and this gave AVRO considerable problems.
Blue Steel began to enter service with the V bombers in 1962, and 36 operational aircraft were fitted with Blue Steel.
www.spaceuk.org /bsteel/bsteel.htm   (745 words)

 Waverider - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the 1950s the British started a space program based around the Blue Streak missile, which was, at some point, to include a manned vehicle.
During this period at least one waverider was tested at the Woomera Rocket Range, mounted on the nose of an air-launched Blue Steel missile, and a number of airframes were tested in the wind tunnel at NASA's Ames Research Center.
The first stage was built on an expanded Blue Steel, the second a waverider, and the third a nuclear-powered manned stage.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Waverider   (1942 words)

 Blue Steel - United Kingdom Nuclear Forces   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hawker Siddeley began development in the late 1950s of the Blue Steel air-to-surface missile with a range of over 100 miles at a speed of Mach 2.5.
Blue Steel entered service with No. 617 Squadron (The Dam Busters) in February 1963, equiped with a 1-megaton thermonuclear warhead.
As large as a fighter, the missile was 35 feet long with a wingspan of 13 feet and an overall weight of 15,000 pounds.
www.fas.org /nuke/guide/uk/bomber/blue_steel.htm   (90 words)

 Blue Steel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bluing (steel), a process in which steel is partially-protected against rust
Blue Steel (film), 1934 western starring John Wayne
Blue Steel is the name of a pose in the movie Zoolander
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blue_Steel   (132 words)

 Vulcans in Camera - Avro Vulcan B2 bomb-bay plus bombs.
The underside was recessed to accommodate a Blue Steel missile.
Originally, a range of stainless steel bomb-bay tanks were designed including two forward tanks, one optimised for Yellow Sun and the other for Blue Steel.
The only other stainless steel tank finally built was the rear 'E' tank that was fitted to Blue Steel aircraft.
www.avrovulcan.org.uk /misc/a_tank.htm   (224 words)

 Famous Vulcans - XA903 Blue Steel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She was not to return to Woodford until the 27th January 1958 when ground tests commenced which included releasing the missile from the aircraft into a large sand box placed a fraction of an inch beneath the missile.
The easiest way to get one of the missiles out to Australia was for XA903 to carry it, so the outwards bound journey was with a Blue Steel test round under her bomb bay.
This was to be her only overseas outing as all other trials with the Blue Steel and later with Bristol Siddeley and Rolls Royce were carried out from UK airfields.
www.famousvulcans.co.uk /xa903bs.htm   (765 words)

 AGM-48 Skybolt - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Not only was the missile long overdue and over budget, but the limited land area available on the British isles meant that it would be fairly easy for the USSR to find, and thus attack, the silos.
This meant that their expensive Blue Steel II standoff missile, then under development, would not be needed.
The missile was fitted with a tailcone to reduce drag while on the pylon, which was ejected shortly after being dropped from the plane.
psychcentral.com /psypsych/Skybolt   (641 words)

 AVRO VULCAN - PICTURES - WEAPONS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
These pictures are of the Blue Steel nuclear missile that Vulcans carried earlier in their careers, and the Skybolt missile that was meant to replace them, but was instead cancelled by the Americans.
Blue Steel in the Jet Age hangar at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.
Blue Steel on a trolley nestling underneath the wing of the Vulcan at the Midland Air Museum.
www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk /vulcan/weapons.html   (143 words)

 Submarine launched ballistic missile - Wikipedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Submarine launched ballistic missiles or SLBM's are ballistic missiles delivering nuclear weapons that are launched from submarines.
Modern variants usually deliver multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs) each of which carries a warhead and allows a single launched missile to strike a handful of targets.
The ballistic missile submarines had great strategical importance for the USA and Soviet Union during the cold war, as they could hide from satellite surveillance and fire their nuclear weapons without much warning, even close to the opponent's coast.
wikipedia.findthelinks.com /sl/SLBM.html   (103 words)

 Blue Danube Nuclear Bomb Delivered to RAF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Britain's first operational nuclear weapon, Blue Danube, was based on the Hurricane trials device and was in service from 1953 to 1961.
With a yield specified by the Chiefs of Staff of 10KT, Blue Danube weighed in at 10,000 pounds and could just squeeze into the bomb bays of the V bombers which carried it.
Flight tests of Blue Danube with an inert warhead were carried out at the Orfordness range in Suffolk, and elsewhere.
www.awe.co.uk /main_site/about_awe/history/timeline/1953   (157 words)

 Avro Vulcan
The first of these was the Avro designed Blue Steel, a rocket-powered supersonic cruise missile with a nuclear warhead, which could be launched 100 miles from the target.
The remaining Vulcan B. Mk 2s were scheduled to receive Skybolt (a US-designed missile with a range of up to 1000 miles), but this programme was cancelled by the USA in December 1962, leaving the RAF without a Blue Steel replacement and facing the eventual demise of its nuclear deterrent role.
The Blue Steel missile was subsequently withdrawn from service and the Vulcan B. Mk 2 switched to the tactical bombing role with conventional and nuclear weapons.
www.aeroflight.co.uk /types/uk/avro/vulcan/Vulcan.htm   (3192 words)

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www.britannica.com /search?query=Blue+Steel+missile&ct=   (579 words)

 Missile Information
Blue Steel was powered by two Armstrong Siddeley Motors both of which were ignited on launch to enable the missile to fly at supersonic speed.
Blue Steel first entered service with 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) in 1962 being carried by Vulcan B2 bombers and subsequently served with 27 and 83 Squadrons (both with Vulcans).
Blue Steel remained in service with No. 617 Squadron (RAF), as Britain’s nuclear deterrent, until 1970.
www.rafmuseum.org.uk /cosford/collections/missiles/missile_info.cfm?missile_id=3   (161 words)

 1/72 Airfix Avro Vulcan B Mk2 by Karl W Branson
This one was produced in the mid 1980's and comes complete with a Blue Steel missile; the parts were cleanly moulded in quite sturdy plastic, all parts having raised panel lines.
The Blue Steel being white not blue was painted using Halfords Ford Diamond white and the trolley was painted in Humbrol #154 Insignia Yellow.
As well as the Blue Steel missile, I thought I would include in my photos the Avro 707B model; this as you remember was the test bed for the Vulcan wing design.
www.aircraftresourcecenter.com /Gal4/3901-4000/gal3967_Vulcan_Branson/gal3967.htm   (1769 words)

 Blue Steel Nuclear Missile Enters Service
A Vulcan bomber with a Blue Steel missile in the bomb bay flies above Niagara Falls in the mid 1960s.
Blue Steel was Britain's first service nuclear missile; launched from a V bomber, it was in effect an unmanned supersonic aircraft in its own right, capable of speeds above Mach 2 at an altitude of 80,000 feet.
2, Blue Steel was fitted with the Red Snow megaton warhead and was in service from 1962 to 1969.
www.awe.co.uk /main_site/about_awe/history/timeline/1961b   (107 words)

Judging by the appearance of the metal, it is made of stainless steel or nickel, and the discolouring shows that it has been fired.
This is a Stentor motor as used in the Blue Steel air to ground missile.
Blue Steel used a small and a large chamber; both for climb, but the small chamber for cruise.
www.spaceuk.org /htp/htp.htm   (1175 words)

 The Highest Hurdle
The specification for the Vulcan, written in the late 1940s, hailed from an era when the anti-aircraft gun and the interceptor were the sole means of defence.
The first was to provide a stand-off weapon for the V-bombers, the second, boosting the over target altitude with an auxiliary rocket, while the third was to replace the V-bombers with a high speed bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.
After all, the late 50s were a time of blue sky research in aviation and the hypersonic regime posed the same problems as the supersonic regime had posed a decade before.
www.aemann.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /aircraft/hyper/p42.html   (1100 words)

 Woking ACA News 160903   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
They were built in response to a specification issued in 1946 to meet a requirement to replace the wartime 4-engined propeller driven bombers with a force of jet engined bombers capable of delivering the UK Nuclear Deterrent, and of competing with jet fighters and missiles then coming into service with the Russians.
The Vulcan force could be held at varying readiness states, dependant on the level of international tension, although one of the greatest fears was that of an unforeseen "bolt from the blue" attack, which could catch the V-force and the rest of the country unawares.
After Gary Powers was shot down in his U2 from a height of over 60,000 ft, the role of the V-force changed to low level "beneath the radar" delivery tactics, which involved a major retraining programme, and replacement of the former white nuclear flash resistant paint with green and grey camouflage colours.
www.aircrew.org.uk /woking/W_News160903.html   (458 words)

 BAC TSR.2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
After the cancellation of the Skybolt air-launched ballistic missile, it had been decided to transfer the nuclear deterrent to the Royal Navy and its Polaris submarines.
The development of a new cruise missile for the TSR.2 was under consideration.
Blue Steel, the missile carried by the V-bombers, was much too large.
www.csd.uwo.ca /~pettypi/elevon/baugher_other/tsr2.html   (4365 words)

 Blue's News: GMX Announces Will of Steel
Will of Steel is a modern warfare tactical 3D Real Time Strategy game set in the early 1990s.
As a young Marine officer, William Steel is the son of the highly decorated USMC General Thomas Steel.
In Will of Steel, the player has full control of all assigned units, camera, and special options such as: Air Attack, Transport, Special Teams etc, through the use of vocal commands.
www.bluesnews.com /cgi-bin/articles.pl?show=747   (588 words)

 Blue Steel.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
      But there was more to Blue Steel: not only had it fly like a supersonic aircraft, but because it was designed to fly up to Mach 3, the airframe was to be of stainless steel rather than aluminium, and this gave AVRO considerable problems.
      In addition, a fighter aircraft has a pilot: Blue Steel, being unmanned, needed an autipilot.
      Blue Steel began to enter service with the V bombers in 1962, and 36 operational aircraft were fitted with Blue Steel.
members.aol.com /nicholashl/ukspace/bsteel/bsteel.htm   (779 words)

 Wikinfo | RAF Bomber Command   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Cuban missile crisis was one of the nearest brushes with nuclear conflict the world has seen.
The first attempt was the Blue Steel missile.
This fate befell the mark 2 of the Blue Steel, its replacement, the American Skybolt ALBM and the ground-based Blue Streak program.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=RAF_Bomber_Command   (3299 words)

In some cases this might represent an improved formula, but other versions might be produced where the propellant is slower or quicker burning, depending on the particular application.
This rather odd looking motor was developed for flight testing 2/5th scale models of the Blue Steel missile.
Blue Steel was to have two liquid fuelled rocket chambers - hence the odd configuration of this motor.
www.spaceuk.org /solids/solids.htm   (527 words)

 B-49 Alternate History
One was destroyed by a Sidewinder missile and the pilot of the second MIG was observed staring intently at the B49J over his left shoulder as his aircraft slammed into a telephone pole.
For the 1962-63 season, six B49Ds with the special red, white and blue Thunderbird painted on the aircraft were used and became a crowd favorite at air shows.
The major variants were the B.MK III (B49D) which was equipped with the "Blue Steel" missile and the B.MK IV Viking II (B49G) which was the version the RAF flew non-stop from RAF Greenham Common in the UK to completely shred the runway in Port Stanley during the Falklands war.
www.ninfinger.org /~sven/models/rms_tips/b49alt.hist.html   (3029 words)

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