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Victor Boys: True Stories from 40 Memorable Years of the Last V Bomber
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on 16 June 2013
I'd already got the author's book 'Nimrod Rise and Fall' and 'Victor Boys' equally matches it for readability. I was in the RAF and worked with Nimrods and Victors and found this brought back many of my service memories. 'Victor Boys' is a superb mixture of history of the type and also accounts from crew members who worked on Victors both as bombers and tankers. The photos are excellent and really add to the overall quality. A must for any military aviation fans. 5 stars.
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I was a ten-year-old schoolboy when the Victor first flew and can remember seeing Charles Brown's photograph of it on the front page of the Daily Express, with a caption about a "crescent winged wonder". As someone who would have loved to serve with the RAF, Tony Blackburn's (and other's accounts) of service life at the 'sharp end' provided me with a fascinating insight into what it was actually like to be a on a squadron as a professional airman. Perhaps a little more mention could have been made of the role of the ground crews and engineering departments. I found the component failure rate quite horrifying, very often with fatal consequences. If it were as bad now there would be questions in the House, so thank goodness for modern engineering processes. The crews were brave as well as skilled. A fascinating insight into times past.
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on 4 March 2013
Excellent background information about the Victors role whilst in RAF service. Whilst it concentrates on aircrew and the Flying side of its history which is quite valid. I do feel that the ground crew who spent many long hours maintaining the aircraft, get very little mention. But then they could probably fill a similar book with just their memories, of how difficult it was to keep such a large and complex aircraft so serviceable.
I would recommend this book to any aviation enthusiast, but in particular those who served in the Royal Air Force during the Victors time in service.
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on 16 February 2015
Very well written and researched book using a wealth of experiences and technical know how from many professional sources including The Victor Association, former pilots, ground crew and technical publications of the day.

The ultimate V bomber and vision of 1940/50's aerodynamics.

I am fortunate to have spoken with Johnny Allam and Hedley Hazeldon, (test pilots for the Victor) about the aircraft and their enthusiasm for its design, construction and performance really emphasised why it was so successful.
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on 9 March 2015
I was one of the Victor boys so it was like going home. Sadly it did not mention Radar Reconnaissance Flight at RAF Wyton to which I was first posted. as a co-pilot in 1959. It was the first operational unit flying Victors which were the pre-production Victors XA 923, 924 and 925. We were equipped with the Yellow Aster sidescan radar and the aerials ran along the fuselage just above the window box. We ;literally had yellow asters in our window box.
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on 16 January 2015
Excellent collection of anecdotes and explanations on the Victor. I'd preferred the Vulcan since seeing them both at a Leuchars airshow but that was on superficial viewing from the ground - this book allowed a more balanced understanding of the V bomber force. What were the Air Ministry thinking buying all three V bombers? The accident reports were really moving too. Highly recommended.
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on 18 February 2015
It was very good to learn all the rolls that the Victor played in its life.
It is a shame that there was very little in the way that these lovely aircraft were kept serviced by the ground crew?
I serviced these aircraft and enjoyed doing it. I was an Airframe Fitter.
Could have had some mention of the work that the Groundcrew carried out!
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on 13 February 2014
I've always preferred the Vulcan over the Victor, my brother says it's an age/era thing as he's biased towards the Victor. But after reading this excellent account I've got to say I've learned a thing or two. This is a very well written book with some great stories in it. A good read that gave me some late nights not wanting to put it down.
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on 27 June 2013
Victor Boys, good insight and anacdotal stroies flying and testing the Victor- favourite aircraft.
The Author sometimes shows biase to the Vulcan, when he should be on the straight and narrow
Again one that you can pick up and read in segments
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on 18 April 2013
A very impressive account of a very important but under reported aspect of one part of Britain's Cold War effort. For those that are old enough it brings back memories of this impressive machine, and this book enhances those memories.
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