Vickers Valiant Pioneers

In the February 2016 issue of FlyPast Graham Pitchfork profiled Valiant pilots who helped to trail blaze for the Victor and Valiant

While the Valiant may have had a relatively short operational life, in those few years the bomber made a considerable contribution to Britain’s nuclear deterrent. It also pioneered the RAF’s air-to-air refuelling capability and obtained vital strategic intelligence in its reconnaissance role.

Three men who helped to shape the early days of the V-force are profiled here. They flew the RAF’s first four-jet bomber and the last of a long line of pure military types from Vickers.

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