Duxford in Depth is a new video series from IWM. Get up close with some of the extraordinary aircraft and tanks on display at IWM Duxford, as we go behind the scenes and into the cockpits with our experts. Look out for new episodes every month, and don't forget to subscribe to IWM's YouTube channel or leave us a comment to let us know what future episodes you'd like to see. 

Handley Page Victor

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Handley Page Victor

Duxford’s Handley Page Victor has been under conservation now for four years, and is among the largest conservation projects the team at Duxford have ever undertaken. Victor XH648 is the only BK tanker model left in the world. She's currently residing in Hangar 5 with no outer wings, no tail plane, no fin, a large chunk of her undercarriage removed, and her almost paintwork entirely stripped. So what does it take to preserve a Cold War bomber?

With no instruction manual to guide them, how did the team begin this project, what can be repaired, and what needs replacing, and what have they discovered so far? In this video, Head of Conservation Jon White takes us around the aircraft and explains why a job like this takes so many years to finish.


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