Salute the Victor
The Handley Page Victor, stalwart of the airborne refueling role in the RAF, is an unsung hero. The immense Victor effort needed to place a lone Vulcan over the Falklands for the Black Buck raids has never been fully appreciated. We present a graphic computer simulation.
The Victor went on to outlive its delta-winged contemporary by nearly 10 years and we join Tornado and Victor sorties in its last few months of service to see the task at first hand. We fly with the aircraft to its last airshow and capture the sights, sounds and emotions around RAF Marham as the aircraft approaches retirement. We are particularly proud to place on record the last ever flight by a V-Bomber, for preservation at the Aerospace Museum at Cosford.
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6 comments on “Salute the Victor”
Iworked with the D.O. inCricklewood for many years with the Chief Draughtsman Mr.R.L. Hayes was my boss.. I think back to those times with great affection.
do you know anyone in the Handley Page Dra\wing Office who is still around?
;I remember the design team Doctor Lachmann research director, and Robert (Bob) Hayes and all the design Drawing Office people in the different sections of the aeroplane.
Is there anyone left I wonder who would remember those times in Cricklewood? and Park Street and Radlett?
Hi Mrs Loffman – I am the elder daughter of Bob Hayes. Now Janet Albon living in Bude Cornwall. My sister Veronica died in 2014 . Dad remarried and went to live in Germany with his German wife – ironically he is buried in a village NE of Hamburg after spending his life involved in building bombers vs the Germans! We moved out of Finchley to Radlett when HPs shut up shop in Cricklewood. Memories!
Hi again Joy L. – if you’d like to chat about my dad and Handley Page – my email address is
I didn’t think ANYBODY would remember dad now.
I did reply to your message, but don’t know if it got through. I was your Dad’s P.A. for over 4 years when H,P. was building the Victor. I knew all the people in the D.O. including the Design Team and took the notes at the RAF meetings with Sir Frederick. If there is anything you would like to know or talk about, please reply, as I remember all that happened in those days, it was a special time for me. Best wishes from Joy Loffman