Do You Have What It Takes…


A fascinating magazine recruitment advertisement from the 1950s. It is a little misleading however. In the early days of the V-Force the RAF was so worried about inexperienced young pilots crashing these mega-expensive warplanes that they only chose pilots with thousands of hours of experience behind them. As a result while the average age of a Hawker Hunter fighter pilot was in the mid twenties the average age of a Valiant, Victor or Vulcan pilot was the late thirties to early forties! During the Cuban Missile Crisis many of the aircrew manning these bombers actually had combat experience in World War Two.