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Saving the last Handley Page Victor XH648 bomber for the nation.

Added 16-11-2018
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Imperial War Museum IWM Duxford

The Imperial War Museum have bought a Niton XL3 for screening for heavy metals in artefacts and exhibits. They are also using it & an XL5 to identify alloys as they restore the Victor XH648 bomber. Built in 1959 and active in Europe and in the Far East at the height of the Cold War, the Victor was later converted to a fuel tanker before being retired to #Duxford in 1976. There is severe corrosion on its bomb bay doors and in the Mg wing ribs.

The #Niton XL5 analyser identifies the precise constituents in the metal alloys so that #IWM conservators can restore the plane for future generations to appreciate. IWM also use their Nitons to test for hazardous substances such as Pb in paint and in solder.


This artillery gun from WW1 will be going on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. #IWM curators test for Pb in paint with a #Niton XL3t xrf analyser as they work on restoring the gun.

Read about #artillery guns at the Battle of Verdun and read how Niton analysers test for elements here.

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