An overhead view of a Vickers 'Valiant' B(K).1 aircraft of 49 Squadron RAF undergoing preparations for a flight at its base of RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, April 1964. The aircraft is painted in dark green and medium grey tactical camouflage reflecting the change from the high to low-level flying adopted in early 1964.

Vickers 'Valiant' aircraft of 49 Squadron RAF undergoing preparations for a flight at its base of RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire, April

A view of a Vickers Valiant B(K).1 aircraft of No 49 Squadron undergoing preparations for a flight at its base of RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

A view of a Vickers Valiant aircraft of No 49 Squadron undergoing preparations for a flight at its base of RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire.

October 11, 1956: A Vickers Valiant of No. 49 Squadron RAF drops Britain's first air-dropped atomic bomb, over Maralinga, South Australia

October A Vickers Valiant of No. 49 Squadron RAF drops Britain's first air-dropped atomic bomb, over Maralinga, South Australia

A Hampden Mk 1 of 49 Squadron being 'bombed up' at Scampton, June 1940. On 12-13 August, aircraft of 49 and 83 Squadrons successfully blocked the Dortmund-Ems Canal, which halted the flow of invasion barges from the Rhineland to the coast for 10 days. For his part in the operation, Flight Lieutenant R A B Learoyd of 49 Squadron was awarded the Victoria Cross. CH 254.

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Fame: A Valiant of 49 Squadron, pictured flying from RAF Wittering in 1957. A Valiant was the first British aircraft to drop an atomic bomb

In Cold War pictures, how the RAF has always been ready to face Russia

Fame: A Valiant of 49 Squadron, pictured flying from RAF Wittering in A Valiant was the first British aircraft to drop an atomic bomb


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