|Aircraft :: Valiant|
Updated: 15 Feb 05
Full Official Name: Valiant
Apart from the initial production B.Mk. 1 long-range medium bomber, three versions of the Valiant were produced; the B.(P.R.) Mk. 1 the B.K. Mk. 1 and the B.(P.R.).K. Mk. 1, both of which had provision for in-flight refuelling. The Valiant can carry a 10,000-lb. bomb load internally, but by the mid-1960s was relegated largely to the photo-reconnaissance and tanker roles.
B(PR)1 :: Dual-purpose version equipped for long-range high-altitude photo-recce
BK1 :: Additionally equipped for air-to-air refuelling duties
B(PR)K1 :: Additionally equipped for air-to-air refuelling duties
In-service: Early 1955 with 138 Sqn.
Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)
First of the RAF's 'V-bombers' or strategic nuclear bombers. The Valiant first flew on 18 May 1951. A total of 104 production Valiant were built between 1951 and Aug 1957.
4 x Rolls-Royce Avon 204 turbojet generating 10 050 lbst each
10 000 lb internal bomb load.
Maximum speed: 567 mph / M0.84 at 30 000 ft, 414
mph at sea level
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