Vickers Valiant B.Mk1 - Vintage Airfix


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Vickers Valiant B.Mk1
[A11001]

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The description below is taken from the Airfix catalogue this kit was first seen in. There may also be extra information underneath the main description.

Airfix Catalogue description:

The Vickers-Armstrong Valiant was a British four-jet bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V-bomber force. As the Valiant was an entirely new class of aircraft for the RAF, 232 Operational Conversion Unit was established at RAF Gaydon.

The first operational RAF unit to be equipped with the Valiant was 138 Squadron, also at RAF Gaydon, though it later moved to RAF Wittering. At its peak, the Valiant equipped at least seven RAF squadrons.

A Valiant B.1 (WZ366) of No 49 Squadron (captained by Squadron Leader E.J.G. Flavell AFC) was the first RAF aircraft to drop a British operational atomic bomb when it performed a test drop of a down-rated Blue Danube weapon on Maralinga, South Australia, on 11th October 1956. It was the last time the V-bombers flew a war mission until Avro Vulcans bombed Port Stanley airfield in the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War in 1982.


Airfix Catalogue information:
Series: 11
First Issued: 2010
Catalogue Ref - 2010 Edition: A11001
Catalogue Ref - 2011 Edition: A11001
Catalogue Ref - 2012 Edition: A11001
Catalogue Ref - 2013 Edition: A11001
Catalogue Ref - 2014 Edition: A11001


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