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Handley Page Victor - Survivors

XM715 taxi run
XM715 powering up for a fast taxi run at Bruntingthorpe; author

Unfortunately the Victor, despite staying in service longer, hasn't survived retirement as well as the Vulcan, though it has at least done better than the Valiant! Unlike the Vulcan, the Victor never really captured the public's hearts, due in part to its tanker role in later years rendering it a much less exciting aircraft to many. Victor displays were few and far between and they certainly didn't throw it around the sky like they did with the Vulcan. Today only two Victors remain in running condition, XM715 at Bruntingthorpe and XL231 at Elvington. There are no efforts to get any Victor to fly again.

Click on the serial of a survivor entry for further information. Please comment on any individual survivor entry you feel requires an update!

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH648B.1A(K2P)Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire23/04/2022
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XH672K.2RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire24/04/2022
XL231K.2Andre Tempest (runner), Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, North Yorkshire22/03/2022
XM715K.2British Aviation Heritage, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire09/01/2022

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XA917B.1Privately owned, Kemback, Fife12/03/2021
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XH592B.1AMidland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire16/05/2022
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH670B.2Nigel Towler, Cockpit Collection (for sale), Rayleigh area, Essex10/07/2021
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SimulatorK.2Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire21/01/2021
XH669K.2Nigel Towler, Cockpit Collection (for sale), Rayleigh area, Essex27/01/2021
XH673K.2RAF Marham (scrapped), Norfolk02/12/2020
XL160K.2Marham Aviation Heritage Centre, RAF Marham, Norfolk16/11/2021
XL164K.2Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth Airport, Hurn, Dorset 02/08/2021
XL190K.2RAF Manston History Museum, London Manston Airport, Kent07/08/2021
XL191K.2Walter Soplata, Newbury, Ohio, USA07/08/2021
XM717K.2RAF Museum, Hendon, Greater London07/08/2021