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K.2 XL160 - Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk

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Victor K.2 XL160 at Flixton, 2013; Garry O'Keefe

XL160 had looked rather unloved and battered for some years but is now looking much better as you can see. After some initial trimming along her end sides XL160 was finally mounted on her TSR2 engine stand in May 2010, with the Victor main U/C bogie placed on a splendid purpose-built stand as designed by Ken Huckle. The HP Victor Association are very grateful to the staff at N&SAM for this and their ingenuity. XL160 was lowered further on the stand a year or so later. Her external restoration greatly accelerated in 2011 with major work undertaken which saw her exterior filled and finished, and with the major operation of her refuelling probe being reinstated on 9th August, after around 17 years. Again the V.A. owes a great debt of thanks to the great skill and perseverance of staff at Flixton and also for help from the Tornado Maintenance School at RAF  Marham, who helped refit the probe to finally bring XL160 back to proper display standard for the V.A. XL160 was primed and repainted in hemp during September/October 2011 by museum painters Peter Nobbs & Gwen Jackson and this finally saw XL160 – the first of the hemp-painted Victor K.2s - looking much more like her old self once more after many years of careful cover out in the elements in Suffolk.

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