TONY BANHAM COLLECTION
No. 6230. Handley Page H.P.80 Victor B.Mk.2 (XM715 c/n 80/83) Royal Air Force
Photographed ca. 1962-64, by Tony Banham

Handley Page H.P.80 Victor B.Mk.2

03/15/2007. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk : Belonging to No.100 Squadron at Wittering, Cambridgeshire, XM715 is wearing high-reflectivvity anti-flash finish and pale markings. In 1965 it was one of nine Victors converted to the SR.Mk.2 photographic and radar reconnaissance variant and served with No.543 Squadron. It was damaged in 1967 at Wyton, Cambridgeshire and returned to Handley Page at Radlett, Hertfordshire and was stored.

After Handley Page went into liquidation on February 27, 1970, Hawker Siddeley undertook the conversion of Victors to the K.Mk.2 high-performance tanker version; XM715 was the ninth converted so and was delivered in 1975. It was sold in 1993 and is on 'live' display at RAF Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire. Its engines are run up regularly, performing high speed taxi runs with parachute breaking at annual events."




Created March 15, 2007