“The Handley Page Victor was a British jet-powered strategic bomber, developed and produced by the Handley Page Aircraft Company, which served during the Cold War. It was the third and final of the V-bombersoperated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the other two V-bombers being the Avro Vulcan and the Vickers Valiant. The Victor had been developed to perform as part of the United Kingdom’s airborne nuclear deterrent. In 1968, the type was retired from the nuclear mission following the discovery of fatigue cracks, which had been exacerbated by the RAF’s adoption of a low-altitude flight profile to avoid interception.”

Role Strategic bomber or aerial refuelingtanker aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Handley Page Limited
Designer Reginald Stafford
First flight 24 December 1952
Introduction April 1958
Retired 1993
Status Retired
Primary user Royal Air Force
Produced 1952−1963
Number built 86
Unit cost
£300,000 – £400,000




  • Up to 35 × 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombs or
  • Yellow Sun free-fall nuclear bomb