The RAF in the Cold War 1950-1970

Title: Images of War, The Royal Airforce In The Cold War 1950-1970 by Ian Proctor


Having seen this book advertised in Amazon and on Twitter, it is one I had to add to my ever growing collection of aviation and military books. The Royal Air Force in the Cold War, 1950-1970 (Images of War) By Ian Proctor, is a superb collection of over 150 photos.

The photosare all taken from the British Air Ministry collection, Mr Proctor must have had a hard time deciding on which photos to use, from such a collection. The photos depict RAF life and activities between 1950 and 1970. They are, for the most part, posed pictures, but this adds a typical feel of the period to the images.


The book is split into 6 chapters

  • 1. On the Front Line
  • 2. The Nuclear Deterrent
  • 3. The RAF Overseas
  • 4. Aircraft
  • 5. Recruitment and Training
  • 6. Aerobatic Display Teams

The Introduction and each Chapter has a few pages describing the history and detail of the title. Then follows plenty of pages of photos, which also come with a useful and interesting description.


Whats not to like. Lots of period photos of the RAF between 1950 and 1970. I particularly liked the chapter on the Aerobatic Display Teams (that subject could fill a whole book on its own). Size and format of the book is good. Each photo is on its own page, so no photos annoyingly spread across 2 pages.


Only one very tiny niggle. The caption to the photo on page 9 mentions Coastal Command Liberators, I’m 100% sure they are Coastal Command Shackleton MR MK1’s.

Round Up

If you have the spare cash, and you like your RAF and Cold War history, then you need The Royal Air Force in the Cold War, 1950-1970 (Images of War) in your book collection. The images and subject matter just scratch the surface, but should spur your interest to find out more.

I’m looking forward to seeing in the future, if we get more books based on 1970 to 1991.