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Aviation 72 AV72-FB003
Vickers Valiant B.Mk 1 Diecast Model
RAF, XD818

Limited Edition

1:144 Scale   Length   Width
Vickers Valiant B.Mk 1   9"   9.5"


PLEASE NOTE: This item has a planned arrival date of February 2019 and is only available for PRE-ORDER at this time.
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The Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant was a British four-jet high-altitude bomber, once part of the Royal Air Force's V bomber nuclear force in the 1950s and 1960s. It was developed by Vickers in response to Specification B.35/46 issued by the Air Ministry for a nuclear-armed jet-powered bomber. The Valiant was the first of the V bombers to become operational, and was followed by the Handley Page Victor and the Avro Vulcan; it was noticeably less advanced than its counterparts. The Valiant has the distinction of being the only V bomber to have dropped live nuclear weapons. As developed, the Valiant was intended for operations as a high-altitude strategic bomber. During the late 1950s, in response to rapid advances in surface-to-air missile (SAM) technology, the Valiant fleet switched to flying a low-level mission profile to perform the strike mission. Beyond the nuclear deterrence role, the Valiant was also used by the RAF for other purposes, a number were converted to perform various support roles such as aerial refuelling tankers and aerial reconnaissance aircraft. Valiants were used for conventional bombing missions over Egypt for Operation Musketeer during the Suez Crisis of 1956.

Please note: This model ships with the landing gear packaged separately, however it may require some glue to hold it in place correctly. The model can be displayed on its stand without the landing gear, although there are closed gear doors included to cover the open landing gear bays.

Vickers Valiant B.Mk 1

Designed for use as a high-level strategic bomber, the Vickers Valiant was first flown on May 18, 1951. This four-jet bomber was used in the RAF's V bomber force, first as a bomber and later as a tanker. A Valiant B.1 was the first RAF aircraft to drop an operational British atomic bomb (a test bomb dropped in October 1956). Valiants were originally used for high-level bombing, but increasing SAM threats forced the V bombers to train for low-level bombing—a role that the Valiant could not adjust to. The aluminum alloy used in its construction caused premature fatigue at low altitudes, and the Valiant fleet was grounded in early 1965.

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Aviation 72

The Aviation 72 range presents affordable, ready-made diecast models of military aircraft.

Aviation 72 diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Authentic ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Permanently extended landing gear.
  • Presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".

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