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On Christmas Eve 1952, the futuristic Handley Page Victor, the third of Britain’s V-Force nuclear deterrent aircraft, soared into the air for the first time. It had been transported to the airfield by road, disguised as a boat. 30 years later, a Victor tanker nursed our chief pilot home after the famous Black Buck raid on Port Stanley’s runway. Congratulations to all those dedicated to preserving these magnificent aircraft. Thanks to Les Wilson for the pic…

On Christmas Eve the futuristic Handley Page Victor, the third of Britain’s V-Force nuclear deterrent aircraft, soared into the air for the first time. It had been transported to the airfield by road, disguised as a boat. 30 years later, a Victor ta

Handley Page Victor dropping iron bombs. Probably the nearest it came to it's original task as a nuclear bomber.

Handley Page Victor dropping iron bombs. Probably the nearest it came to it's original task as a nuclear bomber.

RAF English Electric Lightning F6 fighters following Handley Page Victor XH587 Air-Air Refuelling drogues, Laverton, 1971

RAF English Electric Lightning fighters linked to Handley Page Victor Air-to-Air Refuelling drogues, Laverton, 1971

At the height of the Cold War a Victor B.1 scrambles during a demonstration of capability at RAF Cottesmore - 1959. Unlike their American counterparts at Strategic Air Command (SAC), who enjoyed an 8 minute state of readiness, the RAF’s V-Bombers were required to be airborne within just 2 minutes of a Soviet pre-emptive strike being detected.

A Handley Page Victor bomber crew on quick reaction alert (QRA) scramble their aircraft for a mock nuclear strike mission.

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