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V-Force pathfinder - the story of the unique black Valiant B2

The concept of target-marking had been proved with great success by the RAF of World War Two, but how would it translate to the jet bomber age? The Vickers Valiant was chosen to lead the role into this new era. Why, then, did the menacing and very capable ‘Black Bomber’, the Valiant B2, end up being a one-off?

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Vickers Valiant recce missions revealed

No 543 Squadron’s motto was highly appropriate when it came to operate the Vickers Valiant in the strategic reconnaissance role. Whether mapping large swathes of the soon-to-be-former British Empire, locating Soviet Navy ships or — possibly — gathering intelligence for the CIA about Cuba, this unit kept a close Cold War watch