The Handley Page Victor, Tales From a Crew Chief, 40 Years of Life with the Victor

The Victor was one of the most important aircraft of the Cold War. This is a story that follows the long life of one of Britain’s legendary V-Bombers through the Cold War. – Most Highly Recommended

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NAME: The Handley Page Victor, Tales From a Crew Chief, 40 Years of Life with 
the Victor
FILE: R2829
AUTHOR: Roger R Brooks
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 128
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: strategic jet bombers, jet bombers, nuclear bombers, MAD, Col War, 
Falklands War, refuelling tankers, V Bombers, nuclear deterrent, RAF, Black Buck, 
Op Corporate, Op Granby

ISBN: 1-52673-257-2

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DESCRIPTION:   The Victor was one of the most important aircraft of the 
Cold War. This is a story that follows the long life of one of Britain's legendary 
V-Bombers through the Cold War. -  Most Highly Recommended

At  a time when the British people see huge opportunities of Britain as once more a sovereign nation, 
and politicians have no confidence in themselves or their country, the story of the Victor is a timely 
example of how Britons can lead in the field of advanced technology.

Sadly, with the retirement of the last airworthy Vulcan, the V-bombers can now only be seen in museums, 
with some still able to taxi under their own power. At the time they were developed they were leading 
edge technology and carried the British nuclear deterrent at a critical period in the Cold War before 
the duty of national nuclear defence was passed to the submarine-based missiles of the Royal Navy.

The Vickers Valiant was the first to enter service and represented the lowest risk of the three proposed 
aircraft, but was still a very advanced aircraft. Suffering fatigue problems, it enjoyed a much shorter 
service life, but introduced a long range nuclear bombing capability to the RAF while the two sister 
models were completing their development.

The Victor and the Vulcan introduced a significant increase in capability, but the only V-bomber to drop 
bombs on an enemy was the Vulcan, this being a full load of conventional bombs at the end of a very 
long flight to the Falklands, when the Black Buck raid denied the Argentine bandits full use of the 
airport at Stanley. To get there, the Vulcan s had to rely on their Victor sisters for multiple refuelling in 
the air. Although the Victor was withdrawn from service still as a bomber, the Victor was to provide 
continuing service as a refuelling tanker and was particularly important during the 1990-91 Gulf War, 
when it refuelled fighters and attack aircraft in hostile airspace.

With its distinctive crescent wing, the Victor was an aggressive, purposeful looking combat aircraft. It 
would have performed well as a bomber had it been called upon in action, but it was as a tanker that it 
provided excellent service, being able to refuel an impressive range of military aircraft types, for the 
RAF and for NATO.

The author gained 40 years experience of the Victor, gaining encyclopedic knowledge of this wonderful 
aircraft. He has done very well to distil this knowledge into a very readable volume that includes some 
very interesting illustration.