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Victor Units of the Cold War

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Of the three jet bombers that formed the RAF's V-Force in the early years of the Cold War (1946-1991), the Victor was perhaps the most technologically advanced. First flown on December 24, 1952, the Victor entered service in B 1 configuration in November 1957. Further improvements were introduced with the B 2, which was optimized for high altitude.

Most B 2s were equipped to carry the Blue Steel stand-off missile, but eight were modified in the strategic reconnaissance role ...

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Overview

Of the three jet bombers that formed the RAF's V-Force in the early years of the Cold War (1946-1991), the Victor was perhaps the most technologically advanced. First flown on December 24, 1952, the Victor entered service in B 1 configuration in November 1957. Further improvements were introduced with the B 2, which was optimized for high altitude.

Most B 2s were equipped to carry the Blue Steel stand-off missile, but eight were modified in the strategic reconnaissance role because the Victor 2 was then the longest-ranging aircraft in the RAF. The Victor ceased to be a low-level bomber after the nuclear mission was taken over by the Royal Navy's Polaris submarine force in the late 1960s. Thereafter, Victor 1s and 2s continued in frontline service as airborne tankers, supporting operations such as the Falklands War and the Gulf War until the last Victor flight took place on November 30, 1993.

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"As a modeler’s reference, it’s got good color info and many, many of those detail shots which answer those questions about what went where." -Jim Pearsall, IPMS/USA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083393
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after reading history at Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans, during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he served as a UK nuclear release officer in NATO and was the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He was coordinator of air power studies at the RAF Advanced Staff College. He is now Aerospace Analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He publishes and broadcasts widely. He has written twelve aviation books, including Combat Aircraft 72 - Vulcan Units of the Cold War, and he received the Defence Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award in 2004 and 2006.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Victor Emergent 6

Chapter 2 Top of the World 12

Chapter 3 Ready for War 17

Chapter 4 Blue Steel and Skybolt 29

Chapter 5 Down to Earth 48

Chapter 6 Showing the Flag 58

Chapter 7 Reconnaissance and Tanking 66

Chapter 8 Victor Triumphant-Falklands to Iraq 80

Appendices 92

Colour Plates Commentary 93

Index 96

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