Ratch Posted July 4, 2011 Share Posted July 4, 2011 The Vickers Valiant was the first of the V-bombers to enter service with the RAF, and therefore was heavily involved with the testing of nuclear weapons. No. 49 Squadron was formed at RAF Wittering on 1st May 1956 and stayed for five years, departing on 26th June 1961. During that time the squadron was involved in tests such as those for the hydrogen bombs in Operation “Grapple”, Christmas Island, 19th June 1957. On 19th June, a third test was made using XD823. The aircraft were returned to normal standard configurations upon return to the UK. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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