"Slinky Sue" from Sqn 55 at static dispay during IAT 91; Wearing Kuwait flag and 41 petrol pump drawings which symbolized the number of Air to air refueling missions during "Desert Storm "operation. Written off in 1993.
Hard to believe the Victor has been out of RAF service for over 20 years now and it still looks futuristic. Here, "Lucky Lou" leads out this pair which were part of a deployment of 55 Squadron Victors for a JMC exercise.
Built in 1961, XL231 was the first Victor to under go K.2 tanker conversion. Used for tanker trials beginning in 1972, it would only get the full conversion and return to service later in the program. Later serving in the Falklands War and in Operation Grandby of the first Gulf War, the V Bomber was retired in 1993. Luckily one of five Victors to escape scrapping, it is privately owned but displayed at the Yorkshire Air Museum and kept in taxiable condition.
Photographed at the Yorkshire Air Museum Night Shoot (illuminated with sodium rather than tungsten lamps). The sumptuous curves of the Victor made sure that I came home with some super images from this fabulous, friendly museum.
Seen here with 55 Sqdn, seven years later this Victor was to play a crucial role with 57 Sqdn in the first 'Black Buck' raid on the Falklands by Vulcan XM607, under the command of Sqdn Ldr Bob 'Tux' Tuxford who gained the AFC for his heroics. Full story in the very excellent book 'Vulcan 607'