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Updated: 15 Feb 05

Full Official Name: Valiant

Apart from the initial production B.Mk. 1 long-range medium bomber, three versions of the Valiant were produced; the B.(P.R.) Mk. 1 the B.K. Mk. 1 and the B.(P.R.).K. Mk. 1, both of which had provision for in-flight refuelling. The Valiant can carry a 10,000-lb. bomb load internally, but by the mid-1960s was relegated largely to the photo-reconnaissance and tanker roles.

Manufacturer: .

Major variants:

B1 ::

B(PR)1 :: Dual-purpose version equipped for long-range high-altitude photo-recce

BK1 :: Additionally equipped for air-to-air refuelling duties

B(PR)K1 :: Additionally equipped for air-to-air refuelling duties

Role: .

Crew: .

In-service: Early 1955 with 138 Sqn.

Withdrawn:

Operated by: (Sqns with Lincolnshire connection only)

49 Sqn,

History

First of the RAF's 'V-bombers' or strategic nuclear bombers. The Valiant first flew on 18 May 1951. A total of 104 production Valiant were built between 1951 and Aug 1957.

Design

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Engines

4 x Rolls-Royce Avon 204 turbojet generating 10 050 lbst each

Armaments

10 000 lb internal bomb load.

Performance

Maximum speed: 567 mph / M0.84 at 30 000 ft, 414 mph at sea level
Cruising: 553 mph / M0.82 at 30 000 ft

Service Ceiling: 54 000 ft

Combat radius

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Who operated what?
Armstrong Whitworth :: Battle :: BE2c :: Beaufighter :: Blenheim :: Camel :: Canberra :: DH4 ::DH6 :: DH9 :: Fawn :: Halifax :: Hampden :: Hart :: Hind :: Hurricane :: Hyderabad :: Lancaster :: Lightning :: Lincoln :: Manchester :: Mosquito :: NIMROD :: Phantom :: RE8 :: SENTINEL :: SENTRY :: Spitfire :: Stirling :: Tornado :: Valiant :: VC-10 :: Vulcan :: Washington :: Wellington


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