Handley Page's proposed civil and military transport Victor variants

For Handley Page, trying to preserve its status as a great independent aircraft-maker, civil and military transport variants of the Victor seemed to offer some hope

General arrangement drawings of the HP97 in a 96-seat 'luxury' arrangement. VIA RICHARD PAYNE 

With die end of hostilities in 1945 arm; a new world order, for aircraft manufacturers us much as anyone else. The Brabazon Committee, established during the war, placed a fresh emphasis on commercial transports to spearhead Britain’s renewed challenge in the airliner market. Handley Page, always proudly independent, wanted a piece of the action. Its success, sadly; would prove limited.

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