|Aircraft :: Victor|
Updated: 15 Feb 05
Full Official Name: Handley Page Victor
Manufacturer: Handley Page
B1 :: First flight 24 Dec 1952
B1A :: Modified equipment to B1 and ECM carried in the rear fuselage.
B(PR)1 :: Photo-recce variant.
B2 :: First flight 20 Feb 1959. Substantially increased wing span, enlarged intakes for more powerful Conway turbojets.
B(PR)2 :: Advanced photo-recce variant.
In-service: 1960 first Sqn equipped.
Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)
The third and final 'V-bomber' first flew on 24 Dec 1952 and entered series flight with the first production B1 on 1 Feb 1956. The complement of 4 x B1 sqns was completed in 1960.
The B2 became operational with 27 Sqn armed with the Avro Blue Steel Mk1. This was a rocket-propelled, supersonic cruise stand-off nuclear weapon.
B1 :: 4 x Bristol Siddeley Sapphire 202 turbojet
B2 :: 4 x Rolls-Royce Conway RCo11 turbojet
The Victor B1 could fly at speeds only just subsonic at altitudes above 50 000 feet, and could exceed M1.0 in a shallow dive.
B.2 - 3,500 miles with internal tanks
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