HP VICTOR XL231 A blog by an XH558 volunteer

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News just received at VForceHQ from Andre and his team is that they are potentially looking to perform a full taxy run in 2013. To help achieve this ‘Lindy’ will need fuel for her tanks. Any contribution towards this will be gratefully received and if you can help out, please visit her blogsite www.victorxl231.blogspot.co.uk and head for the donations page. Details can also be found by subscribing to her twitter account @victorxl231

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Hello and welcome back to the official #twitterVforce website www.twittervforce.com The latest blog received here at VForceHQ is another contribution from a Volunteer up at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster (RHAD), Ex RAF Finningley and former/current home to the worlds only flying Avro Vulcan B2 XH558.

This blog gives a wonderful insight into the ‘workhorse’ and longest operational warbird of the V Force, the Handley Page Victor and one in particular, XL231 aka ‘Lusty Lindy’, currently being lovingly maintained by Andre Tempest and his team. If you are a Victor veteran or have connections to this majestic member of the V Force they would love to hear from you. Visitors are always more than welcome. Full details can be found at www.victorxl231.blogspot.co.uk

Would you or do you know someone who would like to contribute to the #twittervforce website? then you can contact us at info@twittervforce.com

A big thankyou to Andy Crowcroft @crowy79 for the contribution of this blog on his visit to Elvington and always remember

Keep calm & Support #twitterVforce


XL231 at Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington

Hi,  this is my first ever blog, so here’s a bit about myself.  I’m Andy and live in South Yorkshire, I have a passion for Aviation and volunteer in the Hangar at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster as a tour guide for the gorgeous XH558.

On Sunday 9th of December I headed up to  Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington to see XL231 AKA Lusty Lindy, a Handley Page Victor that was used as a testbed for the Black Buck missions during the Falklands conflict as well as Operational deployment as part of Operation Granby, during the 1st Gulf war.

Upon turning the corner into the museum the first thing you see is Victor XL231 (@Victorxl231) and Nimrod XV250 (@NimrodVX250)in all their beauty.


After leaving the car and walking down towards the two gorgeous ladies, I was drawn towards Lusty Lindy, this is the first time I have ever seen a Victor in the flesh and I have to admit after seeing her, she is something special.

I was fortunate enough to speak to the team of engineers that look after her and was allowed up into the cockpit for a guided tour, upon climbing inside and sitting down where the AEO would sit I realised how little room there was and how little vision the pilots also had, but at least they could see the refuelling probe unlike in the Vulcans, The cockpit had no modifications and was exactly the same as the day she was in service, the engineer informed me that they had actually purchased some items from ebay which put a smile on my face, you can get nearly anything from there, and that just proves it.

Lusty Lindy missed out on the actual Black Buck missions as she was used for conversion, refuelling trials and fatigue testing the airframe but she did make it down to Ascension.



The thing I always find hard to believe with these planes are the years they were designed and flown in comparison to the famous Lancaster bomber, for example there is eleven years between the first flight of a Lancaster and a Vulcan, and this kind of puts into perspective how fast technology had moved along.

The team at Elvington are very welcoming and willing to answer all the questions thrown at them but to be honest I just stood there with my jaw on the ground and getting blown away by the freezing gale force winds that blew across from the airfield.

Whilst walking round this great British icon you get the feel for just how big she really is with a wingspan of 110ft and length of 114ft. This Bomber was built to mean business and guard us from the threat of nuclear action, and that’s exactly what they did. The whole V Force amazes me to this day as they all still look like they should be in action.

The team at Elvington, all volunteers maintain ‘Lindy’ and keep her to a fully operational standard and regularly run the engines. She has recently received a complete rub down and repaint.


As I have said before my passion for Aviation has grown into something that has kind of taken over my life and I am pleased to share my experiences with other enthusiasts all over the world, some of which don’t actually know too much about our great V Force.

I Just want to say a big thank you to all the people involved in the twitterVforce domain, I have made some good friends along the way, and a big shout out and thanks to Rod (@ROD558) & Dave (@XM655) for keeping the Site and Twitter account rolling along smoothly.


Hope you have enjoyed the photos and until next time take care.

Hope every has a great Christmas and New Year, and let’s make next season a special one for XH558

All the best


Twitter: @crowy79


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  • Paul Stewart

    Great pictures, I took my son to see the other Victor at Bruntingthorpe and he got the shock of his life at the noise of the engines, a great cold war jet which is just a important as the Vulcan in my eyes

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