Geezus, that was a few heart-stopping moments! I think the "co-pilot" owes someone a few beers. Well done to the pilot for stopping before the trees... and without the aid of a drag bag ..(bet the brakes were a bit hot)!!
"Searching around the net can find references to this aircraft having been pushed to 140kts on one of these 'fast taxi's' before. Another mentions how the nosewheel was lifted at 125kts in 2005.
Pub talk in my opinion. The Victor K2 had a 125,000 pound difference between empty and max take-off. The Bruntingthorpe aircraft (with Mil stuff removed minus, fuel on board plus) will probably weigh less than operational empty.
Now try the speeds above - and with take-off flap selected. I'd say you'd fly."
Couple a low weight with 4 punchy Conways and.....oops!!
During an exchange games night, a pilot off 55 told me that the Victor could beat a Harrier to 10,000ft from a standing start. Don't know if he was bull-sh@tting but it wouldn't surprise me if it were true .. the Victor was a hot ship.
There must be a temptation if you have to all intents and purposes flyable aircraft, especially if the only thing keeping you to fast taxi runs is the CAA not wanting 4 engined heavy bombers in private hands, to "make a mistake"
I always slightly sorry for the planes in hangers and museums. Fast taxi runs seem like torturing them