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Summary: British Cold war strategic bomber introduced in 1958. Anti-flash white. Powered by AS Sapphire turbojet engines. Equipped with 1x Yellow Sun high yield free-fall nuclear bomb.
The Handley Page Victor was the third V-Bomber to be brought into service, officially introduced in 1958, to serve as part of Britain’s airbourne nuclear deterrent alongside the more conventional Vickers Valiant, and delta-winged Avro Vulcan. The Victor was the heaviest of the three, the most advanced, and capable of carrying the heaviest load.
The most revolutionary feature was its crescent-shaped swept wing, with the sweep and chord of the wing decreasing in three distinct steps from root to tip, ensuring a constant limiting Mach number across the entire wing and consequently a high cruise speed.
Like the Avro Vulcan and Vickers Valiant, the Victor featured large intakes and had four turbojet (later, turbofan) engines mounted into the wing root, making the Victor highly aerodynamic when compared to equivalent contemporaneous nacelle-engined bombers. It also had a highly swept T-tail with considerable dihedral on the tail plane, and a deeply bulging
chin accommodating the targeting radar, cockpit, nose landing gear and auxiliary bomb-aimer position. In 1956 during test flights, this massive plane broke the sound barrier, reaching Mach 1.1 in almost-level flight, becoming the largest aircraft to have done so at that time.
The first version of the Victor - the B.1 represented here, was powered by Armstrong Siddley Sapphire ASSa.7 turbojets and was initially equipped with the Blue Danube nuclear gravity bomb, re-equipped with the more advanced Yellow Sun weapon when it became available. Victors also carried American-made Mark 5 nukes, and the British Red Beard tactical nuclear weapon. This model carries a to-scale manually built model of the Yellow Sun nuclear bomb.
Like the other nuclear deterrent V-bombers of the 1950s-60s, the fleet of Victors were painted brilliant white to reflect the flash from nuclear detonations, occasionally (although not always) with paler versions of the RAF roundels. In 1959 the Victor B.2 (link to model) came into service, with a higher service ceiling due to having more powerful Rolls Royce Conway turbofans. The B.2 had some aerodynamic modifications, and predominantly, while in its nuclear bomber role, carried the Blue Steel nuclear standoff missile.
Like the Valiant and Vulcan fleet, the fleet of Victors were converted to low-level flight, when the Gary Powers incident proved Soviet air defences could take down planes at high altitude. This change of strategy meant the fleet were repainted with grey and green camouflage. When the Valiant fleet (already themselves adapted to tankers) were withdrawn in 1964 due to metal-fatigue, Victor B1s were adapted the tanker role. It became apparent that even the strong Victor B2 was not capable of withstanding the stresses of low-level work, long-term, and these were eventually also adapted into mid-air refuelling tankers (K2 standard). Although no Victor was ever used in anger, the Victor tankers served a crucial role in the Falklands War, facilitating the Black Buck raids, and also served as tankers during the 1990s Gulf War, until finally being retired in 1993.
B2 with Blue Steel, and Gulf-War K2 models to be published later.
A mod aircraft called Handley Page Victor B1. Built with 128 parts, closely to scale, and using appropriate systems, colour scheme and weapons wherever possible.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3.
- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 128
- Mods: 8
- Airplane Plus
- B9 Aerospace Parts Pack
- B9 Procedural Wings Modified
- Procedural Parts
- Squad (stock)
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
- ZZZ Flags
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