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Google Map of Handley Page Victor B.1A(K2P) XH648 at Duxford

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Starting off with a Mk. 1 Victor, we have XH648 at Duxford. One obvious difference between this Victor and all the other preserved examples is the colour scheme and the lack of the large fairings on the wings (these being on Mk. 2s only). It's also lacking the big fuel tanks fitted to many Mk. 2 examples. XH648 was in the fourth batch of B.1s produced (later converted to B.1A then K.1A), served with 57 and 15 squadrons, the Honington Wing, then 55 squadron and finally ended its days as it began, with 57 squadron again. XH648 is quite unusual in that it was one of six B.1s converted to two-point (yes, two - not three) tanker status. This meant it retained the ability to go and bomb something if need be, and resulted in a change of designation from K.1A to B.1A(K2P). The plan is to move XH648 into the extended super hangar (the "Airspace" exhibition), in 2005/2006, and work has begun on smartening up the airframe in preparation for the move undercover.


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