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Vickers Valiant

Survivor XD875

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XD875 - Highland Aircraft Preservation Society, near Inverness, Scotland

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Valiant B.1 XD875 at Newark, 15th June 2002; author

XD875 was the last Valiant ever built. First flown 27th August 1957. Struck off charge on 9th November 1962 after an accident, she was scrapped at RAF Wittering. The nose was saved and after some travels up and down the country came to rest at Bruntingthorpe. In superb condition internally, the nose was on display throughout the year (Bruntingthorpe being open to visitors every Sunday). On designated open days, the cockpit was opened up and for a small fee you could clamber inside and see the wonderful job that has been done on restoring it. Unfortunately the cockpit floor has become a little dodgy during her long stay at Brunty, and she was moved to Newark where she could be better looked after and the floor restored to a safe condition. However she's now changed hands to go all the way up to HAPS in Scotland - updates on condition of the floor welcome!

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