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Survivor XD816

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BK.1 XD816 - Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey

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Valiant BK.1 XD816 at Brooklands, 25th April 2013; Andy Lambert

XD816 was the last Valiant to fly, in 1968, but by 1970 had been dismantled at RAF Abingdon. Owned by the RAF Museum, she is on loan to Brooklands and was displayed in the Vickers-Supermarine stratospheric test chamber (designed by Barnes Wallis) for many years. While it was an imaginative and hugely impressive display, unfortunately it was also very dark and surrounds the nose on most sides which made photography tricky to say the least. In April 2013 she was removed from the chamber to the main hangar at Brooklands and mounted on a cradle to receive some refurbishment while the stratospheric test chamber also gets some serious restoration work carried out on it. She's seen here mid-move - watch the video here!.

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