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Vital Victor, 10 Nov. 2012
This book compiled and subscribed to by competent and experienced authorities nicely plugs a gap in aviation history. It traces the history of the Victor aircraft from cradle to grave by those who conceived it, those who tested it those who worked on it, and those who operated it in all its various roles,. It tells the complete story of a nuclear (or conventional) fast jet bomber which made a major contribution to Britain's deterrent force during the Cold War years and went on to perform other roles such as Maritime and Photographic Reconnaissance but perhaps above all and for many years it was to play a vital role as a Tanker aircraft providing in flight refuelling in a wide range of circumstances not least the remarkable Black Buck bombing raids of the Falklands Conflict. The book covers the role of the Victor Tankers in those raids in unprecedented detail and reveals how all the hair-raising challenges and hazards of those missions were confronted and overcome. This is a book about a remarkable aircraft and the people who really knew it and which deserves to be read by aviation enthusiasts and the general public alike.