Handley Page Victor

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The turbulent development of the Handley Page Victor

Going supersonic during a test flight and a number of deadly crashes were just some of the events that made development of the Handley Page Victor turbulent. Glenn Sands pays tribute to the men who designed and tested the crescent-winged wonder

Nimrods and Victors sharing a very crowded ramp at Wideawake during Operation Corporate. Crown Copyright Feature Premium

Multi-role Victors of the Falklands War

British success in the Falklands War relied heavily on the vital contribution of the Victor. Glenn Sands detailed the aircraft type’s involvement in the conflict in the July 2012 issue of FlyPast

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Victor at war in the Gulf and Falklands conflict

Thankfully, the Victor was never used in the role it was originally designed for, but it played an important supporting role in the Falklands conflict (1982) and Gulf War One (1991). Chris Pierce reports.

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FlyPast visits: Yorkshire Air Museum

Editor John Sootheran heads to Elvington in Yorkshire for his monthly fix of all things historic aviation

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Falklands ‘Black Buck 1’ Victor pilot recounts operation

There will never be another bombing raid like ‘Black Buck 1’, when some of the remaining ‘V-Force’ — Vulcan XM607, supported by a horde of Victor tankers — took the Falklands fight to the Argentineans. The lead Victor pilot, Bob Tuxford AFC, recounts the gripping tale

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First year of the 'V-Force'

The ‘V-bomber’ triad came together in 1952, its longest-serving members, in the forms of the Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan, taking to the air to join the Vickers Valiant. But the Soviet threat they would face was evolving, too, and their weaponry had to keep pace

6 Epitomising the type’s low-level role, the last Vulcan built, B2 XM657, formates with a cameraship for a photo sortie. This aircraft was conversely the first to receive, in 1979, the new wrap-around camouflage. CROWN COPYRIGHT Feature Premium

V-force: End of the deterrent

As the 1960s drew on, times changed for the ‘V-force’. No more was it a triumvirate of types, and no longer was the strategic nuclear deterrent to the fore

For the H.P. 80’s crescent wing an interesting development in the form of leading-edge flaps has been applied in order to improve lateral control at the stall. This view of the aircraft brings out the high mounted tailplane; the thin wing; and the generous intakes for the four Sapphires. Feature Premium

Revolutionary Victor design insights

The Handley Page H.P. 80, later to be named the Victor, had a new wing design which bestowed excellent performance. The virtues of this ground-breaking shape were explained by no less than Handley Page’s chief designer in the January 2, 1953 issue of ‘The Aeroplane’

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Unearthed: Rare bombing training flight in a Victor

Climb aboard a Victor with John Fricker for a bombing training sortie from the April 8, 1960 issue of The Aeroplane and Astronautics.

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Victor crewmember recounts Falklands War action

Concluding his two-part look at his career as an Air Electronics Officer, Mike Beer talks about when he and the Victor saw action