The V Bomber Force was the nickname given to Britain’s three bombers during theCold War that were capable of delivering nuclear bombs and formed part of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. The V Bomber Force was made up of the Vickers Valiant, the Avro Vulcan and the Handley Page Victor. The development of three bombers during the Cold War by the British was done to give the government increased freedom from US foreign policy. While the British government supported America during the Cold War, the V Bomber force gave it independence from the country that dominated NATO. As an example, the Valiant was used in the Suez Crisis of 1956 when America would not give any support to Anthony Eden’s government. If the British governments of the time had fully relied on America to provide bomber support, this would not have occurred. The same can be said for the use of the Vulcan during the Falklands War.
The V bombers were the wests front line Nuclear strike force. Carrying the British Nuclear "Blue Steel" warheads the V bombers were constantly on alert and could be scrambled and airborne within less than 90 seconds. Had the cold war turned hot the V force would have been the first aircraft to drop Nuclear weapons over a populated area in the east.
Handley Page Victor.
While i admit jet powered aircraft are not my favourite there has always been something so awe inspiring about these aircraft even though aside from the actual design which was very advanced, the technology on board was rather primitive. Still, these birds remain as special to me now as when the first time i ever laid eyes on them. Im just thankful they were never actually deployed on a real Nuclear mission.
Edited by TheArtOfFlight, 20 January 2017 - 02:21 AM.