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- Type: SPH
- Class: aircraft
- Part Count: 108
- Mods: 9
Summary: First of the
V-Bombers. British strategic nuclear bomber in use from 1955-1965. Powered by 4 Rolls Royce Avon turbojets. No bomb targeting system. Anti-flash white. Equipped with 1x Blue Danube nuclear gravity bomb.
One of three designs of state-of-the-art British nuclear bombers developed in the early 1950s to carry the UK’s nuclear deterrent. The V-Force (the Vickers Valiant, Avro Vulcan, and Handley-Page Victor) were on standby non-stop, from 1956 well into the 1970s, ready to deploy at a moments notice and carry out nuclear strikes on Soviet targets. The pilots knew that if they were ever scrambled and sent on such a strike, Britain would be destroyed before they made it home. Stationed closer to European Russia, in the event of nuclear war, the V-Force could reach their targets long before the USA’s bombers had reached Soviet airspace, and were designed to fly high enough to be effectively out of reach of the USSR’s MiG15, MiG17 and MiG19 interceptors.
The Vickers Valiant was the first produced, and least advanced of the three. 107 were built from 1951-57. It had four Rolls-Royce Avon RA.3 turbojet engines installed within each wing root, a compound-sweep wing configuration, and pressurized cockpit with a visual bomb sight set into its floor. It could carry one nuclear weapon or up to 21, 1000lb conventional bombs, and was used as a conventional bomber during the Suez Crisis. Otherwise, it was never used in anger, and had the least glorious story of the three, with a rather sad ending;
When Gary Powers' U2 spyplane was shot down by Russian surface-to-air missiles in 1960, demonstrating the USSR’s ability to take down planes at high altitude, the entire V-Force’s strategy was changed to one of high-speed, low-level runs, flying
below the radar. Gone was the stunning anti-flash white colour scheme, replaced with grey and green camouflage. It rapidly became clear that while the Vulcan and Victor could cope with low-level work, the Valiant’s wing spars, built with a then-experimental alloy, couldn’t cope with the stress. In December 1964, riddled with metal fatigue, the entire fleet of Valiants (including those which had mostly been flown at high level, as tankers) were grounded, and
reduced to produce. Which is to say, they were sold for scrap.
This model of the Valiant is based on the B1 (pure nuclear bomber) version in anti-flash white, carrying my attempt at a Blue Danube - British-built 12kT atomic bomb).
Built with 108 parts, to precise scale, and using appropriate systems, weapons and colour scheme wherever possible. Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.1.3.
- B9 Aerospace Parts Pack
- B9 Procedural Wings Modified
- Kerbal Aircraft Expansion
- Moar Mk1
- Procedural Parts
- Squad (stock)
- Stock Extension
- TweakScale - Rescale Everything!
- ZZZ Flags
AedsPlanes are replicas of historic aircraft built as accurately as possible, and usually to 1:1 scale. Enjoy the experience of being a real Kerbal Airforce pilot!
(For added immersion, install flag mod World Aircraft Insignia by ChaseAEd and add real airforce roundels to your planes).