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Handley Page Victor


The Handley Page Victor was a large subsonic aircraft that served with the British Royal Air Force (RAF). The first prototype flew in 1952, and the aircraft was in squadron service from 1958 to 1993.

The Victor was originally developed as part of the RAF's V-bomber nuclear deterrence force against the Soviet Union, during the early part of the Cold War. However the aircraft was later adapted to serve in the strategic reconnaissance and in-flight refuelling tanker roles.

The Victor saw action, in the aerial tanker role, in both the Falklands War and the Gulf War.

Victor in 1961

Here is a summary of the Victor's technical specifications:

Crew 5
Wingspan 120 feet (36.6 metres)
Length 114 feet 11 inches (35 metres)
Height 28 feet 1½ inches (8.6 metres)
Wing Area 2,406 ft2 (223.5 m2)
Maximum Take-off Weight 185,000 lb (83,900 kg)
Maximum Speed 650 mph (1,050 km/h)
Range 1,500 miles (1,300 nautical miles, 2,400 kilometres)
Service Ceiling 49,000 feet (14,900 metres)


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