As a youngster, about 9-11 years old, I lived in the village of Effingham a few miles from Wisley Airfield. We got used to seeing aircraft fly over, Viscounts, Vanguard are two I can remember.

One day we heard this jet and it seemed a lot louder and into sight quite low came the Valiant but it was painted black, we had seen normal coloured ones quite regular but never a black one.

We saw it quite often after that but at that age we did not know about the V-Force.

Happy days playing football and cricket and everybody stopping as these big jets flew over.