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Atlas Editions - Jet Age - 1/144 Vickers Valiant XD818
The authentic diecast model is a replica of XD818. XD818 was one of eight Valiants specially modified by Vickers for involvement in 'Operation Grapple' - the testing of Britain’s first H-bomb.
The Valiant was a British 4-engine jet powered bomber used by the Royal Air Force. Part of the V-Force in the 1950's and 60's, the Valiant was the first of the V bombers to become operational and was followed by the Handley Page Victor and the Avro Vulcan.
In March 1957 Vickers Valiant XD818 was flown to Christmas Island. On 15th May 1957 she dropped Britain's first live H-bomb, a Green Granite device within a Blue Danube ballistic case weighing 10,000lb. The drop took place off Malden Island, 400 miles south of Christmas Island and was codenamed `Short Granite'.
The Valiant was also used by the RAF for other purposes, a number were converted to perform various support roles such as aerial refuelling tankers and aerial reconnaissance aircraft. Valiants were used for conventional bombing missions during the Suez Crisis of 1956.
Due to premature fatiguing, the Valiant force was formally retired in 1965. Today, XD818 is the only fully intact Valiant in existence.
- Stand Included
- 1/144 scale
- Measures approximately 24 cm in length and 25cm wingspan
- Age recommended 14+
- Weight: 0.29Kg