Of the first generation jet fighters, the Venom and her naval sister the Sea Venom were an important and successful family. Just too late to serve in WWII together with the Me262 and the Meteor, the Venom was to serve in a large number of air forces over several decades, finally ending its service career in the Swiss Air Force. The author provides a detailed and very well illustrated history of the Venom from the first prototypes and includes comment from those who flew this important aircraft. When she first entered service with the RAF, the backbone of British airpower was still propeller-driven. Using a twin boom configuration to reduce drag and make the most of the early jet engines, the Venom proved to be a very durable design. Entering service with the FAA as the Sea Venom, alongside the turbo-propeller Wyvern, and piston-prop Sea Fury and Sky Raider aircraft, she introduced airborne radar to the naval fighter armoury for all-weather combat.

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