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BK.1 XD857 - Marham Aviation Heritage Centre, RAF Marham, Norfolk

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Valiant BK.1 XD857 at RAF Marham, 10th May 2017; Richard E Flagg

The last mortal remains of Valiant XD857 is this small section of the cockpit. The picture shows the front pressure bulkhead well, and how the nose was cut horizontally around its mid-point, and vertically just behind the pilots' seats. The pilots' deck is still intact but pretty much gutted with little to give away its true identity as a rare Valiant survivor. After several years seen draped in tarpaulin at the Norfolk and Suffolk Air Museum, XD857 was moved to the Marham Aviation Heritage Centre in May 2017 for restoration.

Information on this page current as of 16/11/2021, last updated by Jake

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