This film shows the final assembly of the Handley Page Victor V-bomber at the company's works at Radlett aerodrome near St.
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Background: This film shows the final assembly of the Handley Page Victor V-bomber at the company's works at Radlett aerodrome near St. Albans in Hertfordshire. Detail component manufacture takes place at the company's Cricklewood works in North London and assemblies travel to Radlett by road.
The Handley Page Victor - spearhead of Britain's deterrent force - has been in service with the R.A.F. since early 1958. It will be recalled that a Victor went through the sound barrier on a routine test flight over a year ago.
A more powerful version, the Victor B.2, powered by Rolls Royce Conway jet engines has recently made its maiden flight and production of this version is well under way at Radlett to fulfill orders which - as announced in the house of Commons - were placed some time ago.
The Victor B,2 will be equipped with the powered stand-off bomb and a new type of reconnaissance radar. this, as revealed by Mr. George Ward recently, will enable four Victors to map the whole of the United States in one flight.