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Handley Page Victor K2 XL231
Handley Page Victor K2 XL231 at the Yorkshire Air Museum.
Lusty Linda at Elvington
what a great looking plane
Cor, I want one!
Nice crisp shots..
now that’s one cool looking piece of kit
Great shots! Love that dramatic sky! Such great lighting eh! %-)
that is one ugly bird – bet it goes like snot tho huh?
very intimidating ‘built-for-speed’ look to that aircraft – you’d need to set your watch ahead, so you’d be there with it on arrival 😉
just found this link: def looks better airborne!
With the Harpoon like refueling probe and industrial goth look this bird would be at home in a Jules Vern/ Buck Rogers movie. Great capture!
That sky behind looks as menacing as the aircraft – nice shots Ian
Can say I’ve never seen this before. Very nice Ian. Very sleek..
I’ll take one, in black, but without the half dressed lady on the side. Amazing looking aircraft Ian.
Pleased to see they gave you a grand day out in Yorkshire…
Like the dramatic composition, Ian. The dark sky gives it a nice brooding atmosphere.
Great sky too
great photos ian
Its a great looking aircraft , even if it is a little sinister in its styling . I really like the one set in the trees!
Sinister in it’s styling? lol lol
Not bad for an aircraft designed in aound 1955!
Great capture of the aircraft Ian!! Hope you have a good weekend!!!:-)
If it was architecture it’d be called brutalist…built for purpose, great photographs Ian
thunder birds are go brilliant
just looks like thunder bird 2
An iconic design….. The cockpit reminds me a little of the B29 fast fowarded into the 22nd Century 🙂
Have a look at this :-)))
On that video pilot did a good job getting the aircraft down in a short space.
ProvesTeasing Tina could fly!
Imagine XH558 and The Victor in a curcuit together!
Why is it these old planes look so graceful ?
Many thanks everyone, and thanks for the links too.
Is it graceful or is it ugly….? Some difference of opinion. Me I really prefer old prop planes but there was something about this that made us go back and wait for the light to change to get the shots we wanted (the one I wanted was the second shot but I f***ed it up a bit so it got relegated to second place).
Great shots of a great aircraft at a great museum.
Beauty is clearly subjective, but I’ve always been a fan and prefer it to the Vulcan.
The Victor certainly has some unusual ‘space age’ artistic lines, but its sleek, especially in flight. Victors also have a real ‘presence’ up close too.
Definitely a plane that has grown on me. As a kid when these things were in service I thought it was an ugly creature. With a bit of age my opinions have changed and its now for me certainly as lovely as the Vulcan (which I always loved and always will).
Always liked that bit of design trivia that because the airflow under the plane was so smooth they had to add depolyable spoilers ahead of the bomb bay doors to make sure weapons being released actually fell clear of the aircraft cleanly.
Did any one see the old film called The Iron Maiden?
Was basiclly about steam traction engines owned by an aircraft designer.
End of the film it show an aircraft called The iron Maiden after his traction engine
The aircraft being an early Victor sweeping low over an airfield.
wow, that is a stunning plane
Probably the best plane design ever! Love all the V bommers, this though puhes the image so well. I do feel that the designer watched Flash Gordon too much though, Ming would love the cockpit.
Seen on your photo stream. ( ?Â² )
Excellent Composition. Sky adds to this already great capture. Fab.
So impressive Ian!!!
Two great shots Ian – superb sky and saturated colours. If nothing else, the Victor, Valiant and Vulcan were great looking aircraft .
Fabulous shot Ian, crisp focus, great composition and nice exposure with the sky…!!!
A superb shot of the Victor. My friends father worked in the factory where they made these, he made the pitot tubes.
Such a futuristic looking aeroplane Ian – I’m sure the designers were into Dan Dare way back then 🙂
Yeah they were good looking aircraft back then. Modern jets don’t really do it for me.
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