English Electric Lightnings and Handley Page Victor Tanker, Farnborough 1968
I took the shot with a 1000mm lens and used Anscochrome 1000ASA film. After 40 years, even Gepe Glass slide frames are prone to dust .
The largest of the three V bombers, the Victor was also the last in service. Capable of carrying substantial amounts of cargo, the Victors were transitioned to being tankers for the airforce, a role they performed up to the end of Desert Storm. Eclipsed in the public eye by the more glamorous Avro Vulcan, the Victor played a crucial role in the Black Buck raids during the Falklands war, with wings of Victors repeatedly refuelling the Vulcan to enable it to reach to islands.
The English Electric Lightning was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, noted for its great speed and unpainted natural metal exterior finish. It is the only all-British Mach 2 fighter aircraft. The aircraft was renowned for its capabilities as an interceptor; RAF pilots described it as "being saddled to a skyrocket". English Electric was later incorporated into the British Aircraft Corporation, later marks being developed and produced as the BAC Lightning. The Lightning was used throughout much of its service life by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. The aircraft was a regular performer at airshows and was the first aircraft capable of supercruise. The Lightning was also one of the highest performance planes ever used in formation aerobatics. The Lightning aircraft is now largely retired to museums, but three examples still fly at "Thunder City" in Cape Town, South Africa.