Plate No 6

Plate No 6

The Blue Streak F13 rocket exhibited in the National Museum of Flight. Originally designed as a British ballistic missile in 1955, the military project was cancelled five years later, but the prototype was retooled to be the first stage of a satellite launch vehicle and tested at the Woomera proving ground in Australia. Unreliability led to its ultimate cancellation in 1972. “The English Blue Streak uses liquid oxygen and kerosene as propellants, but it’s a dead end,” comments Lachlan Smart in his journals. “We Scots know the way onwards and upwards must be nuclear...”
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Plate No 6

Plate No 6

The Blue Streak F13 rocket exhibited in the National Museum of Flight. Originally designed as a British ballistic missile in 1955, the military project was cancelled five years later, but the prototype was retooled to be the first stage of a satellite launch vehicle and tested at the Woomera proving ground in Australia. Unreliability led to its ultimate cancellation in 1972. “The English Blue Streak uses liquid oxygen and kerosene as propellants, but it’s a dead end,” comments Lachlan Smart in his journals. “We Scots know the way onwards and upwards must be nuclear...”
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