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Attention to detail: conserving the Handley Page Victor XH648

Saturday 23 March: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Goldsmiths 1, 27 Charles Babbage Road, CB3 0FS

Originally manufactured as a strategic bomber, the Handley Page Victor was one of three V-Bomber designs used by the RAF during the Cold War.  When the Vickers Valiant air to air refuelling tanker aircraft was retired prematurely, Victor B.1 aircraft converted to an air tanking role as B.1(K)A aircraft replaced it.  The Handley Page Victor B.1(K)A in the IWM Collection is the sole surviving example of a B.1 aircraft. The Large Object Conservation Team at Imperial War Museum Duxford, are completing a detailed conservation project to ensure the long term preservation of the Handley Page Victor XH648. For such a large object, attention to detail is crucial and our expert team use their engineering, conservation and scientific skills to ensure the whole object, from the smallest components to the largest, is conserved according to the original specification for flight. Corrosion and paint removal are key challenges the team have to overcome. Join us to find out more.

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