Jaguar Boys: True Tales from Operators of the Big Cat in Peace and WarHardback
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- Publisher: GRUB STREET
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 165mm x 243mm x 25mm | 560g
- Publication date: 19 August 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1909808156
- ISBN 13: 9781909808157
- Illustrations note: colour and b/w photography
- Sales rank: 182,691
Originally intended as a trainer, the Anglo-French Sepecat jet, equipped with the very latest in weapon-aiming and navigational equipment, eventually became the backbone of the RAF's tactical strike-attack and recce forces for a decade from the mid-1970s. In these pages, the Jaguar Boys - pilots, engineer and ground crew - tell of the aircraft's drawbacks and joys, their sadness at losses, and their pleasure at its development into a readily-deployable and outstandingly-capable fighter-bomber for the post-Cold War era. Then came the Gulf War which signalled the start of a hectic sequence of operational adventures and upgrades for the 'Boys' and seasoned veterans tell of action over Iraq and in the Balkans. One of the best-loved of RAF types, the Jaguar commanded a fierce loyalty and affection which shines through in these accounts of an aircraft that will live forever in the memory.
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Ian Hall joined the RAF at 18 and during seven fighter-bomber tours with two on Jaguars, flew five different operational types. He served in Bahrain, Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada and retired as a group captain. He now lives near Coltishall - spiritual home of the Jaguar - and edits the 31 Squadron newsletter.