Air Power The Cold War

Handley-Page Victor B.Mk.1

I took these pictures on the Hakodate Dawn mission at 0500 hrs in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002.

Like the other 2 RAF 'V-Bombers', the Victor was designed to fly so high & fast as to be immune to enemy attack. First flown in 1952, the 'crescent' wing was a tremendous technical achievement. However, Soviet missile advances soon rendered the Victor's mission obsolete and despite being upgraded to B2 standard in 1959 with its much more powerful engines, the Victor had to be consigned to the low-level penetration role like the Vulcan and Valiant.
Length: 114 ft 11 in (35.05m)
Wing span: 110 ft (33.53m)
Weight: Loaded 180,000 lb (81,650 Kg)
Power: 4 x Sapphire 202 11,000lb (4,990 Kg) thrust
Max speed: 640 mph (1040 kmh)
AFX Designer : Chris Lampard / Colin Norwood
Panel : Phil Perrott
Date: September 1999
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