Fairey Delta F.1

Following the success of the Fairey Delta 2 research aircraft in breaking the world air speed record, Fairey proposed a number of variants for active service, resulting in the RAF buying a small quantity of the Delta F.1. With the complex and heavy nose-drooping system deleted, the aircraft was able to carry sufficient fuel for a reasonable combat range. Other modifications included a shorter noseleg, and replacement of the ‘eyelid’ jet nozzle. Like many fighters of its time, it lacked gun armament, relying instead on a pair of AIM-4C Falcon IR guided missiles