John B (Sc) Posted November 16, 2022 Share Posted November 16, 2022 Recall that at the time the decisions were being made on what numbers of aircraft to purchase, the 'normal' peacetime service loss rates were very high. So purchases had to allow for normal wastage and unserviceabilities - or routine deep maintenance as well as likely operational losses in the event of action. A minimum loss rate of 5% per annum for advanced machines of this type would not be unreasonable. The RAF lost several hundred Meteors per year in the Fifties, and they were simple aeroplanes compared to the V bombers. The Sperrin was the back up to the V bombers, The Valiant was a true V bomber. It had the advantage of more conventional design so was a lower risk option and hence entered service much earlier than the more advanced other two machines - of which the Victor was the most advanced. The Valiant was the only V bomber which dropped a live H bomb and also saw action as a conventional bomber in numbers. A shame the MoS (I think it was) insisted on the use of a new alloy which proved so fatigue prone. John B Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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