|Victor XL231 shortly after delivery to RAF Wittering|
Shortly after the Victors arrived, all of the electrical ground crew had to go on a Victor course for a week. The electrics were like no other I had come across, and I had serviced on many aircraft in my time! The last three years of my RAF service was taken up working on XL231 and others.
|XL231 with 'Blue Steel'|
|Ray Poore (sitting) in Jamaica in 1962|
In 1962 I went to Jamaica with XL231 and three other Victors, for the Jamaican Independence.
|XL191 & XL231 on detachment to Jamaica|
In 2011 whilst staying with EX RAF friends near Whitby, we visited Elvington Museum, and there after 50 years I saw this great Victor, XL231, how the memories came flooding back. Since that day I have been like a 77 year old kid with a new toy; have bought a plastic scale model, complete with XL231 and Lusty Lindy transfers, got the "T" Shirt, key ring, car sticker, and finally the 2012 calendar! Do I like this aircraft or not?!
I wish to thank Andre Tempest and all the XL231 Team for keeping alive all my and many others memories of this wonderful aircraft.
|Ray Poore with XL231 in 2011|
Ray Poore Electrical Fitter retired, Electrical Engineer retired.