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Vickers Valiant B1 XD826

The following is a brief history that we have on the airframe. If anyone can confirm or add to these details any information would be much appreciated.

Valliant XD826 - 7 Squadron
Valliant XD826 - 7 Squadron

Aircraft Type: 758 B(K)1

15/12/56: First flight.

9/1/57: Awaiting Collection

22/1/57: Controller (Aircraft) For Flight Refuelling Probe trials

12/2/57: 7 Sqn RAF Honington where it remained until July 1960 (except for going to Vickers / Marshalls for modifications).

19/7/60: 90 Sqn RAF Honington

16/10/61: 138 Sqn RAF Wittering.

25/4/62: 232 OCU RAF Gaydon.

5/12/62 - 25/2/63: Vickers for Mods.

 25/2/63: Returned to 232 OCU

15/10/64: 543 Sqn.

12/64: Withdrawn from use.

4/3/65: SOC and allotted to Feltwell as Ground Instructional Airframe 7872M. Nose section as NBS Trainer.

XD826 Nose section (image courtesy Pete Sharpe)
XD826 Nose section (image courtesy Pete Sharpe)

Aim of restoration: To restore XD826 to B1 standard.


Can you help find the following ?

Instruments, morse key, refuelling nozzle, escape hatch, squadron patches, Valiant Pilot's notes, aircrew equipment and flying clothing, photographs or videos of XD826 in service.


Flying in the Valiant

We have been granted permission by Flightglobal to reproduce the following article from Flight magazine dated 19th July 1957, when a journalist was given the opportunity of flying in XD826 of 7sqn RAF Honington on a two hour training flight, the actual aircraft we are currently restoring.

The above document is in PDF format and will require Adobe Reader (or similar) to view.

 

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