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This Day in Aviation - Page 15 of 311 - Important Dates in Aviation History
A Blue Danube Mark 1 bomb drops away from a Vickers Valiant B.1 bomber. (Ministry of Defense) 11 October 1956: At 3:27 p.m., local time, (05:57 GMT) a Mk.1 Atom Bomb, code-named Blue Danube, detonated at approximately 490 feet (150 meters) over the Kite Site on the Maralinga Test Range, South Australia. The bomb had been dropped from a Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant B.1 bomber, WZ366, flying at 30,000 feet (9,144 meters). The aircraft commander was Squadron Leader E.J.G. (“Ted”) Flavell, RAF.
Martin Baker MB2
James Martin, broadly responding to Specification F.5/34 for a fighter using an air-cooled engine for hot climates, designed a fighter using the simple basic structure employed and developed in his earlier MB1. Although briefly evaluated as a fighter by the Royal Air Force, the MB2 was limited in design potential and never entered series production. #MartinBakerMB1 #MartinBaker #RAF #RoyalAirForce #fighter #aeroplane #airplane #aircraft #aviation