Fireflash -Britains first attempt at an air-to-air missile.

Manufacturer and Designation  Fairey Aviation
Function Air to Air
Attack speed Mach 2·25
Maximum range 3·2km
Maximum altitude 35,000ft
Guidance Beam riding
Fuze type Radio influence
Warhead type HE/Fragmentation
Warhead explosive content unknown
Missile length 2·8m
Missile diameter 0·2225m
Wing span 0·7468m
Project start date
Service entry date 1957*

Notes: *Fireflash never entered active service but 300 missiles were bought for the RAF and used for trials and pilot familiarisation.

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