Название: Handley Page Victor: The Crescent-Winged V-Bomber
Автор: Phil Butler; Tony Buttler
Издательство: Midland Publications
Размер: 90 Mb
The Handley-Page Victor was third and final aircraft in Britain's V-bomber fleet, built to carry the nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. Built during the 1950s and 1960s, the bomber was designed to fly higher and faster than contemporary fighter aircraft so that it could penetrate Soviet airspace with its deadly load unopposed. In later years, it switched to a conventional role and saw service in the Borneo conflict of 1962-66, when two B. 1A aircraft flew the Victor's only offensive mission, during the Falklands War in the 1980s and in 1991 in the Gulf War as an in-flight refueling tanker, before withdrawal later that year.