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Handley Page Victor K.2

by Brett Green

 

Handley Page Victor K.2
RAF Cosworth

 


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Introduction

 

The RAF Museum Cosford is located between Telford and Birmingham. This was a very convenient location for a visit on my way back to Birmingham Airport from IPMS (UK) ScaleModelworld 2003.

This Museum comprises three large hangars plus some additional buildings on an active RAF base. In addition to the indoor specimens, some of the aircraft are displayed outdoors. Fortunately, these will eventually be housed indoors too.

This Handley Page Victor K.2 tanker at Cosford saw service in the first Gulf War and was retired shortly afterwards. The Victor retains its Gulf War paint scheme, nose art and mission markings. It can be seen that the mission markings, although fading now, are painted in the shape of petrol bowsers!

 

 

Also, note the vertical, hair-like wires on top of the refuelling probe. Don't bother trying to replicate these in 1/72 scale - they were added when the aircraft came to the museum to prevent birds perching on the probe! Similar wires may be seen on some of the other outdoor exhibits too.

The half-flying tail, on the outboard half only, is another interesting detail.

 

 

The pictures were taken with my Nikon Coolpix 5400 digital camera.

 

 

Victor K.2 Details

 

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Text & Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
Page Created 26 November, 2003
Last Updated 19 April, 2004

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