Manston: 100 years of Flight (1949 to 1991)

The Cold War, 1949 to 1991

IN 1949, THE USSR successfully tested their first atomic bomb. With nuclear power no longer just in the hands of the USA, the world was split between the Soviet-dominated communist east and the American/NATO-backed capitalist west. With warfare now potentially leading to the end of the planet, RAF Manston became a key NATO airbase during the Cold War.

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