Stonehouse History Group

A Gloster Aircraft Company Mk.4 trials Javelin, carrying four de Havilland Firestreak guided missiles and a nose-mounted pitot boon. A night and all-weather interceptor fighter of the Royal Airforce prototype (XA632) flown for the very first time on November 26th 1951, over Stonehouse, the worlds first twin-jet aircraft of delta platform.

This aircraft was scrapped in 1965 (around 400 were built).

If you look close at the centre of the photograph you can see the old Stonehouse brickworks chimney, and to the left you can see what looks like a pretty new Park estate. Stanley Downton can be clearly seen in the foreground. This is a wonderful photograph depicting old Stonehouse and old technology!

Aerial view of Stonehouse in 1951