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Название: V Bombers: Vulcan, Valiant & Victor
Автор: Dave Windle & Martin Bowman
Издательство: Pen & Sword Aviation
Серия: Profiles of Flight
ISBN: 978 1844158270
Год издания: 2009
Количество страниц: 88
Размер: 37,9 mb
Britain's desire to stay at the leading edge in the design and development of modern jet powered aircraft was born in the later stages of World War Two. The RAF sent requests to the leading aircraft manufactures for a variety of specifications, amongst which was one for a long-range heavy bomber. Three designs were accepted and eventually went into production - these became the V-Bomber Force.
The first to enter service was the Vickers Valliant, a high swept-wing four engine aircraft. This type was used to test-drop Britain's first H-Bomb in the Christmas Islands and then was tasked with delivering our deterrent during the early years of the Cold War. It saw action in a non-nuclear role during the Suez Crisis and then went on to serve as a flight refuelling tanker until withdrawn with metal fatigue problems.