The Bristol Bloodhound is a British surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950s as the UK's main air defence weapon, and was in large-scale service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the forces of four other countries. The Bloodhound Mk. I entered service in December 1958 and the last Mk. II missile squadron stood down in July 1991, although Swiss examples remained operational until 1999.
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Jan 6, 2013 5:40:46 amby blinkings Homepage »
Andrea, these 'horrible objects' as you called them directly protected yourself, your family and you country from pottential attack, operating from sites such as RAF Dunholme Lodge, RAF Watton, RAF Marham, RAF Rattlesden, RAF Woolfox Lodge, RAF Carnaby, RAF Warboys, RAF Breighton and RAF Misson. They have also been used over here in the protection of Darwin, and in Singapore.
It would be lovely to dream of a world where these 'horrible objects' were not needed, but that's just not realistic.
Jan 6, 2013 7:50:06 amby CoyoteSeven Homepage »
Looks quite similar to the Nike we used here in the US.
Yes, it is a shame we have to have things like this, but the real world is not a nice place.
As a former soldier, I am reminded of the old Native American Indian proverb:
This, above all else,
the true warrior prays for peace.
Jan 6, 2013 9:37:12 amby debbielove Homepage »
I'm sorry Andrea, I'm totally with Andrew there.. Ugly they may be,. but, if it was not for these and others items of 'War', you and I would be either living under the Nazi's or the Soviets.. Learn your history please... These WERE NOT used!
That aside, a piece of Military History, I've seen a couple myself, there is a scruffy one at Duxford and a fine example at the RAF Museum, Hendon..
Its good they have at least kept one though a lick of paint and TLC would be good....
Jan 6, 2013 12:08:17 pmby pimanjc Homepage »
"Peace through Deterance." Ronald Regan, 1980.
As first an active soldier and later a citizen soldier [USAR], I absolutely believed that I was a tool for maintaining the peace for our country, God, and world. I did not like war, and wanted the avoidance of war through a strong capability. As long as there are madmen like Hitler and OsamaBinLadin, such deterance is a necessary evil for the protection of the innocent. I pray for those that would cause harm to have their hearts softened and no longer promote hate.
Sorry. I am usually not political.
Thank you for posting this image. With some croping just above the rooftops, you could also have an additional very dramatic image.
Jan 6, 2013 2:41:57 pmby neiwil Homepage »
Well, it's a thing of beauty to me....I agree whole heartedly with the above comments, even Andrea.....it is a well crafted potentially efficient inanimate object.It has the potential to be a very 'horrible object'(it's intended purpose after all), it just needs one small addition.....'human intent', weapons don't kill people, people kill people,with weapons....well that's my '2 cents'.
I've got some photos of one of these at Duxford, the only difference,ours is in 'better nick' :-)