Victor Units Of The Cold War by Andrew BrookesVictor Units Of The Cold War by Andrew Brookes

Victor Units Of The Cold War

byAndrew BrookesIllustratorChris Davey

Paperback | February 15, 2011

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Of the three jet bombers that formed the RAF's V-Force in the early years of the Cold War (1946-1991), the Victor was perhaps the most technologically advanced. First flown on December 24, 1952, the Victor entered service in B 1 configuration in November 1957. Further improvements were introduced with the B 2, which was optimized for high altitude.

Most B 2s were equipped to carry the Blue Steel stand-off missile, but eight were modified in the strategic reconnaissance role because the Victor 2 was then the longest-ranging aircraft in the RAF. The Victor ceased to be a low-level bomber after the nuclear mission was taken over by the Royal Navy's Polaris submarine force in the late 1960s. Thereafter, Victor 1s and 2s continued in frontline service as airborne tankers, supporting operations such as the Falklands War and the Gulf War until the last Victor flight took place on November 30, 1993.

Andrew Brookes completed RAF pilot training after reading history at Leeds University. Following recce and strike tours on Victors, Canberras and Vulcans, during which he logged 3,500 flying hours, he served as a UK nuclear release officer in NATO and was the last operational RAF Commander at the Greenham Common cruise missile base. He...
Title:Victor Units Of The Cold WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.85 × 7.35 × 0.28 inPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849083398

ISBN - 13:9781849083393

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Table of Contents

Introduction /Chapter One - The Victor Emergent /Chapter Two - High-level Cold War bombing /Chapter Three - Skybolt and Blue Steel /Chapter Four - Low-level Operations /Chapter Five - Middle East and Far East adventures /Chapter Six - Versatile Victor (MRR and tanking) /Chapter Seven - Victor Ludorum (Falklands, Desert Storm)

Editorial Reviews

"As a modeler's reference, it's got good color info and many, many of those detail shots which answer those questions about what went where." -Jim Pearsall, IPMS/USA