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Handley Page Victor - Survivor XH670

B.2 XH670 - Nigel Towler, Cockpit Collection (for sale), Rayleigh area, Essex

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Victor B.2 XH670 at Rayleigh?, 25th January 2021; Hansons Auctioneers

XH670 first flew on 2nd November 1959 and spent its entire flying career as part of the Controller (Aircraft) fleet, mainly based out of Handley Page's airfield at Radlett but also spending time with the A&AEE at Boscombe Down and Bedford.

She was an important part of the low level trials carried out in 1964 prior to the transition of the V-force from primarily high level flying to low level tactics after the development of effective surface to air missiles made the old tactics suicidal.

She finished her flying career in November 1968 and was put into storage, having been earmarked for possible conversion to a K.2 tanker. Despite being flown to Woodford in May 1970, conversion did not proceed and she was struck off charge in October of that year to be used as a 'Christmas tree' to provide spares for other aircraft. In August 1983, the gutted hulk was scrapped and the cockpit removed.

Acquired by Nigel Towler as part of his reclusive cockpit collection, he acquired various parts including seats and a door from XL161, but she is still in need of much restoration. She is now up for sale by auction.

Information on this page current as of 10/07/2021, last updated by Jake

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