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Posted By: CyprusForMe

The last flying Vulcan will be taking it's last flight this week.
The Vulcan was the last aircraft in Britain's nuclear-carrying V force, and the one that the Russians feared the most because at the time there was very little they could do to combat it and it could fly very fast and very low (legend has it that two Vulcan's were able to evade US air defense right across the US while travelling to Nellis AFB for the annual Red Flag exercises).
The Vulcan was part of the NATO planned response to a soviet attack on the west. It carried strategic nuclear weapons and the mission would have been a one-way mission as the Vulcan did not have sufficient fuel to return (and lets face it had that happened there would probably not have been any airfields capable of handling a Vulcan left). To avoid the risk of being blinded by a weapon exploding, the co-pilot had a cover for his window and the pilot would wear an eye patch on one eye, the eye patch and covers would be swapped over as necessary.
Fortunately, the worst never happened and the Vulcan was only used in anger to mount a raid on the Argentine-occupied Falkland Islands during the Falklands War. While militarily the raid achieved very little, it did appear to worry the Argentinian military that Nuclear-capable bombers were within range not only of the Falklands but also of their Capitol and lead to fewer aircraft being based on the Falkland Islands.
While the Vulcan was an aircraft designed for doomsday it was also a superb engineering achievement and as part of history it is a pity that this will be the last time it takes to the skies.
The Life and Times of the Avro Vulcan
Vulcan in Final Flight with Red Arrows



Posted By: Kwacka

Thanks for this, CFM.
Sad to see an old lady go.
You might like this (YouTube) - a 45-minute account of the only time a Vulcan was used 'in anger'', the bombing of the airstrip at Port Stanley to stop the Argentinian airforce using it/
Well worth watching.

Posted By: Bobbeer

The last display was yesterday.

Posted By: cold blow lad

  • Bobbeer wrote:
    The last display was yesterday.

Sitting in my garden Sunday afternoon, and it went over quite low, on its way to Shuttleworth Bedfordshire. Pleased to have seen a piece of history.
Will have to get myself over to Duxford one of these days.

Posted By: FrednKaren

Found this one a few weeks ago. I was at the old Sunderland airport the day the RAF flew in a retired Vulcan which is now on display at the North East aircraft museum. Unforgettable. The airport which was previously RAF Usworth is now the Nissan car factory. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-last-flying-vulcan-bomber-put-on-this-breathtaking-1724387121

Posted By: idb01

I was at Shuttleworth, Old Warden on Sunday 4th Oct for the last display. Quite a moment, video of the last 'wing over' can be found at http://www.vulcantothesky.org/ There is one last opportunity next weekend to see this graceful lady and the flight path ( for those of us not based in Cyprus all the time ), will be published on the site above.

Posted By: paterson

Thanks Kwacka, brilliant film clip. Tony

Posted By: Kwacka

No problem, sir, glad to be of service.
Mrs K was given a signed copy of the book 'The Vulcan B.Mk2 from a Different Angle' by its author, Craig Bulman, which lists in minute detail every detail of all these aircraft. It's not one to read cover-to-cover (e.g 'With the return of XM598 from Bitteswell in July 1976 the squadron consisted of XH562, XJ782, XL321,........., XM609 and XM652' is not atypical).
For those of you in England, the Vulcan website gives details of the proposed 'farewell flypasts'.
North flypast, Saturday 10th October
South flypast, Sunday, 11th October
It's based at Doncaster, but police have requested people to stay away from the airport and observe the flypasts from places on the route.
Times are vague, but details will be given later & in vivo via twitter and Facebook
After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.





Posted By: Mr Tibbs

  • Kwacka wrote:
    After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.



Posted By: mouse

  • Mr Tibbs wrote:
    • Kwacka wrote:
      After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.


Welcome back Tibby, long time no hear.

Posted By: Kwacka

  • Kwacka wrote:

    For those of you in England, the Vulcan website gives details of the proposed 'farewell flypasts'.
    Times are vague, but details will be given later & in vivo via twitter and Facebook
    After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.

They also overflew Edinburgh Airport; from twitter:
    Quote:
  • XH558 ‏@XH558 23m23 minutes ago
    XH558 returning to track south of Edinburgh - thanks for the invite!

From their website:
    Quote:

  • PLEASE NOTE:
    ** We intend at least two more flights in late October. **
    ** This weekend will not see XH558ís final landing. **


Posted By: sagalout

Many yrs ago well about 67ish & I was what is known as ships peggy (that is the catering boy in charge of the crews pantry & mess room), on the MV LancastrianPrince, docked in Valletta Grand Harbour & I was enjoying my break sitting on the aft hatch with a coffe & tab nab, any merchant seamen still remember them😄🍰? When 1 flew very, I mean very low over the top of us. The noise was incredible, it looked fantastic, just amazing. About 20yrs later working as a rep in Derby I got taliking to one of my customers only to find out he was a RAF flight controller that was fined & royally rollocked for allowing to fly as low & on that path. Small world, but such a view. Happy days Sagalout🍺⚓️

Posted By: LynSab

http://www.shropshirelive.com/2015/10/09/vulcan-xh558-farewell-tour-where-in-shropshire-can-i-see-the-plane/ Heard it today! We are three miles from Welshampton, but we didn't see it...friends spotted it over Bettisfield nr Wrexham...the cats came running in... :roll: and we had warm weather, and blue skies....and I missed it, I thought it was one of the training helicopters nearby getting a bit close.... Oh well, story of my life, missed opportunities ... :?

Posted By: Woodrow Why?at

  • Mr Tibbs wrote:
    • Kwacka wrote:
      After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.


Only just spotted this post - welcome back Mr T!! :-):-)
But not like you to 'fly in under the radar' :D thought, if you ever came back, it would be more your style to return with lights flashing and whistles blowing!! :lol:

Posted By: Mr Tibbs

  • Woodrow Why?at wrote:
    • Mr Tibbs wrote:
      • Kwacka wrote:
        After this week-end there is a final flight 'To be advised mid-late October'.


    Only just spotted this post - welcome back Mr T!! :-):-)
    But not like you to 'fly in under the radar' :D thought, if you ever came back, it would be more your style to return with lights flashing and whistles blowing!! :lol:

Thank you Woody (and the Mouse of course). Your "Mad witch" stuff almost did the trick (as always). Here it's what to most I imagine is a more mundane thread though. Nevertheless, I had a quite long (non-flying - apart from being air-to-air refueled from one that is) association with Vulcans. Pull up a couple of sandbags and I'll tell you all about it.




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