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1/144 Vickers Valiant BK.1 - XD818, preserved Cosford

RELEASED DECEMBER 2017

The Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant was a British four-jet high-altitude bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V Bomber nuclear force in the 1950s and 1960s. It was developed by Vickers in response toSpecification B.35/46 issued by the Air Ministry for a nuclear-armed jet-powered bomber. The Valiant was the first of the V Bombers to become operational, and was followed by the Handley Page Victor and the Avro Vulcan; it was noticeably less advanced than its counterparts. The Valiant has the distinction of being the only V bomber to have dropped live nuclear weapons.

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Aviation 72 - 2017