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Postwar Collection

"Postwar: A Glimpse into the Era of Rebuilding and Progress" Step back in time to the postwar era, where nations strived to rebuild and progress after the ravages of war

Background imagePostwar Collection: Avro Anson T. 20

Avro Anson T. 20
Avro Anson T.20 (VS504) in flight near Woodford, 9 February 1948

Background imagePostwar Collection: Jet Provost T. 3

Jet Provost T. 3
Hunting Jet Provost T.3 aircraft (XM351 18, XM368 3 & XM378 21) of 2 Flying Training School, RAF Syerston 22.3.60

Background imagePostwar Collection: Jet Provost T. 1

Jet Provost T. 1
Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.1 prototype (XD674) in flight near Luton 25 August 1954

Background imagePostwar Collection: London firefighters at work in Hampstead High Street

London firefighters at work in Hampstead High Street
London firefighters at work outside a Woolworths building in Hampstead High Street, north-west London (11 May 1946). General aerial view of the front of the premises after the fire has been

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Eagle

HMS Eagle with aircraft on deck

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark, August 1957

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Indefatigable, British aircraft carrier

HMS Indefatigable, British aircraft carrier
HMS Indefatigable (R10), British Implacable-class aircraft carrier. Date: circa 1950s

Background imagePostwar Collection: WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division

WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division
Screen-print poster, published circa 1950, showing the activities of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Second World War, with a map of Northern Europe, and unit badges along the top and bottom

Background imagePostwar Collection: Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark

Westland Whirlwinds on HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind helicopters of 845 Squadron on HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imagePostwar Collection: Blackburn Beverley of 47 Squadron

Blackburn Beverley of 47 Squadron
Blackburn Beverley C.1 of 47 Squadron in flight, Abingdon, January 1957

Background imagePostwar Collection: English Electric Lightning F. 1

English Electric Lightning F. 1
English Electric Lightning F.1 aircraft of 74 Squadron RAF, Coltishall 1960

Background imagePostwar Collection: Harrier GR. 1 landing at St. Pancras

Harrier GR. 1 landing at St. Pancras
Hawker-Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV741 coming in to land at St. Pancras coal yard during the Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race May 1969

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Implacable, February 1950

HMS Implacable, February 1950
HMS Implacable in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 helicopters of 845 Squadron approach HMS Bulwark, 1 August 1957

Background imagePostwar Collection: Handley Page Victor prototype

Handley Page Victor prototype, Radlett 10 July 1953

Background imagePostwar Collection: Blackburn Beverley aircraft of 47 Squadron

Blackburn Beverley aircraft of 47 Squadron
Three Blackburn Beverley C.1 aircraft of 47 Squadron flying from RAF Abingdon, November 1956

Background imagePostwar Collection: Canberra bombers of 61 and 109 Squadrons

Canberra bombers of 61 and 109 Squadrons
Two Canberra B.2 aircraft of 61 Squadron with a Canberra B.2 of 109 Squadron between them, flying from RAF Upwood 15 July 1955

Background imagePostwar Collection: Avro Shackleton MR. 2

Avro Shackleton MR. 2
Avro Shackleton MR.2 of 42 Squadron RAF from St Eval on patrol off Cornwall 26 November 1956

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal, February 1954

Background imagePostwar Collection: The Red Arrows over Niagara Falls, 1972

The Red Arrows over Niagara Falls, 1972
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T.1 aircraft of the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, in formation over Niagara Falls duirng their tour of Canada and the United States of America

Background imagePostwar Collection: De Havilland Sea Mosquito TR. 33

De Havilland Sea Mosquito TR. 33
De Havilland Sea Mosquito TR.33 (TW256) of 771 Squadron in flight 27 October 1947

Background imagePostwar Collection: English Electric Lightning F. 1

English Electric Lightning F. 1
English Electric Lightning F.1 of 74 Squadron RAF, Coltishall 1960

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Solebay

HMS Solebay
Battle Class destroyer HMS Solebay

Background imagePostwar Collection: de Havilland Comet 4

de Havilland Comet 4 (G-APDA) of BOAC in flight, September 1958

Background imagePostwar Collection: Vickers Varsity T. 1

Vickers Varsity T. 1
Vickers Varsity T.1 prototype (VX828) in flight from Wisley, August 1949

Background imagePostwar Collection: Gloster Meteor F. 3 aircraft

Gloster Meteor F. 3 aircraft
Gloster Meteor F.3 aircraft (EE400, EE393 & EE366 ) of 56 Squadron RAF in flight from Bentwaters, 19 July 1946

Background imagePostwar Collection: Hawker Hunter F. 4

Hawker Hunter F. 4
Hawker Hunter F.4 aircraft (XE683, XE659, XE658 & WT764) of 54 Squadron RAF in flight from Odiham, 3 December 1956

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Broadsword receiving fuel

HMS Broadsword receiving fuel
Weapon Class destroyer HMS Broadsword receiving fuel from HMS Implacable

Background imagePostwar Collection: Hawker Hunter F. 1 aircraft of 54 Squadron

Hawker Hunter F. 1 aircraft of 54 Squadron
Hawker Hunter F.1 aircraft of 54 Squadron flying from RAF Odiham, June 1955

Background imagePostwar Collection: Fairey Delta 2

Fairey Delta 2, holder of the world air speed record, SBAC Show Farnborough September 1958

Background imagePostwar Collection: SS United States

SS United States
The liner SS United States, holder of the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing

Background imagePostwar Collection: Fairey Barracuda II

Fairey Barracuda II aircraft in flight 25 November 1945

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Cleopatra

HMS Cleopatra
Dido Class cruiser HMS Cleopatra

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Cadiz

HMS Cadiz
Battle Class destroyer HMS Cadiz

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950

HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance, February 1950
HMS Implacable and HMS Vengeance in Weymouth Bay, February 1950

Background imagePostwar Collection: de Havilland Vampire

de Havilland Vampire F.1 (TG278) in flight near Hatfield, 23 August 1945

Background imagePostwar Collection: Blackburn Beverley

Blackburn Beverley

Background imagePostwar Collection: Hawker Sea Fury F. 10 and FB. 11

Hawker Sea Fury F. 10 and FB. 11
Hawker Sea Fury F.10 and FB.11 aircraft of 805 Squadron flying over HMAS Sydney 8 February 1949

Background imagePostwar Collection: Gloster Meteor NF. 14 aircraft of 152 Squadron, 1955

Gloster Meteor NF. 14 aircraft of 152 Squadron, 1955
Gloster Meteor NF.14 aircraft of 152 Squadron, in flight from RAF Wattisham, 14 June 1955

Background imagePostwar Collection: Hawker Sea Hawk FGA. 6

Hawker Sea Hawk FGA. 6
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (XE375) of 898 Squadron on the deck of HMS Ark Royal, circa 1955

Background imagePostwar Collection: Spitfires painted to represent Bf 109 aircraft

Spitfires painted to represent Bf 109 aircraft
Supermarine Spitfire XVI aircraft of 17 Squadron painted to represent ME109s in reconstruction of attack on Amiens prison at RAF Display Farnborough, 1950

Background imagePostwar Collection: HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945

HMS Ocean, 11 August 1945
Colossus Class aircraft carrier HMS Ocean

Background imagePostwar Collection: Hawker Hunters of the Black Arrows

Hawker Hunters of the Black Arrows
Hawker Hunter F.6 aircraft of the Black Arrows aerobatic display team, part of 111 Squadron RAF

Background imagePostwar Collection: Gloster Javelin FAW. 1

Gloster Javelin FAW. 1
Gloster Javelin FAW.1 aircraft (XA620, XA627, XA618 and XA619) of 46 Squadron RAF flying in formation from Odiham, 4 December 1956

Background imagePostwar Collection: de Havilland Vampire F. 1

de Havilland Vampire F. 1
de Havilland Vampire F.1 aircraft (VT863, VT864, VT868, VT869, VT871 & VT873) of 54 Squadron RAF on the ground at Odiham, 29 June 1948

Background imagePostwar Collection: Westland Whirlwind helicopters

Westland Whirlwind helicopters
Sikorsky Whirlwind HAS.22 (WV222) and Westland Whirlwind HAS.3 helicopters (XG580 525, XG576 526 and XG582 529) of 705 Squadron, RNAS Ford 1957

Background imagePostwar Collection: Chipmunk T. 10

Chipmunk T. 10
de Havilland Chipmunk T.10 (WB550) in flight near Hatfield, 29 September 1949

Background imagePostwar Collection: Belvedere HC. 1

Belvedere HC. 1
Westland Belvedere HC.1 helicopters (XG459 A, XG461 G, XG462 H, XG463 B, XG458 E & XG457 D) of 66 Squadron at RAF Odiham, 1961



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"Postwar: A Glimpse into the Era of Rebuilding and Progress" Step back in time to the postwar era, where nations strived to rebuild and progress after the ravages of war. The HMS Bulwark and HMS Eagle, mighty aircraft carriers, symbolize Britain's determination to regain its naval supremacy. Witness the awe-inspiring sight of a Harrier GR. 1 gracefully landing at St. Pancras, showcasing cutting-edge aviation technology. In the skies above, marvel at the English Electric Lightning F. 1 and Avro Shackleton MR. 2 as they soar through clouds with unmatched speed and precision. Reflect on history as you gaze upon a World War II poster depicting the heroic activities of 52 (Lowland) Division. The Avro Anson T. 20 takes flight, reminding us of the crucial role played by training aircraft during this period of rebuilding armed forces worldwide. Look up in wonder as The Red Arrows paint vibrant trails over Niagara Falls in 1972 – an exhibition that captivated audiences across borders. Witness Blackburn Beverley aircraft from 47 Squadron carrying heavy loads with ease – a testament to innovation in transport capabilities during these transformative years. Stand in awe before HMS Ark Royal, proudly representing Britain's commitment to maintaining a strong presence on international waters. Canberra bombers from 61 and 109 Squadrons take off into distant horizons, embodying technological advancements that reshaped aerial warfare strategies forevermore. Finally, observe Westland Whirlwinds stationed on HMS Bulwark – versatile helicopters ready for any mission thrown their way; exemplifying how military fleets adapted to new challenges faced post-war. The postwar era was not just about rebuilding physical structures but also about rekindling hope and forging ahead towards brighter futures for all nations involved - leaving behind scars while embracing resilience like never before.