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Bricol
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09/08/2014 : 19:05:20      reply with quote


Whoever arranged for the only remaining flying Vulcan to fly at slow speed, low attitude, directly over my house this afternoon, thanks very much indeed! Fantastic.

Now if you could let me know when the two Lancasters will be coming over, I'd be grateful wink :)

Although I reckon way before those get anywhere near, all my neck hairs round the back will be standing at full attention anyway.

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09/08/2014 : 19:08:54      reply with quote


An amazing sight . Could be its last year of flying though . Then explaned to grand nippers what a Vulcan was .
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09/08/2014 : 19:36:12      reply with quote


Saw it last year at the Royal International Air Tattoo. Great stuff!
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midway
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09/08/2014 : 20:00:33      reply with quote


Todays display www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28722180
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09/08/2014 : 20:33:12      reply with quote


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The cost www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217846/Last-Cold-War-Vulcan-bomber-final-flight-year-soaring-restoration-costs.html
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09/08/2014 : 21:24:00      reply with quote


LANCASTER 2014 UK Tour www.warplane.com/lancaster-2014-uk-tour.aspx
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09/08/2014 : 22:20:40      reply with quote


Top Man you midway spent most of the evening reading through you posts and have really enjoyed them i will be going to Barnoldswick for the fly past on the 6th september and the southport air show on the 20th september if you fancy a trip out midway
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10/08/2014 : 10:37:11      reply with quote


Story of the Vulcan www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/vulcan/history.php
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10/08/2014 : 13:02:09      reply with quote


Magnificent! Couldn't believe my eyes as I thought it had finished flying at end of last year. I was hoping to see it again today, returning from Blackpool and Carlisle, but unfortunately the displays have been cancelled due to bad weather.
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10/08/2014 : 19:34:25      reply with quote


Unfortunately I missed it this time, I was working in my garage and I heard a very noisy plane but didn't break off to look for it.
I did get to see it flying up the Wharfe valley in Ilkley one day a few years ago when it was on its way to display at the Isle of Man.
To stand at the Cow and Calf and be almost level with it was out of this world a great machine and long may she keep flying.
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11/08/2014 : 22:51:44      reply with quote


Did anyone else see the old bomber fly down the Aire Valley on the Tour de France Day. It turned at Keighley & flew off up the Worth Valley. Was it a Lancaster or a Wellington? It was very low, not much higher than the tower at Steeton.
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11/08/2014 : 22:57:08      reply with quote


Another special moment was seeing Concorde flying low over our heads when my wife & I were walking the moors above Haworth in the early 90's. It was doing joy-rides out of Yeadon at that time.
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12/08/2014 : 19:21:17      reply with quote


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Whoever arranged for the only remaining flying Vulcan to fly at slow speed, low attitude, directly over my house this afternoon, thanks very much indeed! Fantastic.

Now if you could let me know when the two Lancasters will be coming over, I'd be grateful wink <img src=">Although I reckon way before those get anywhere near, all my neck hairs round the back will be standing at full attention anyway.

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12/08/2014 : 20:48:44      reply with quote


Those interested in the Vulcan, and in particular its journey to the Falkland Islands during the 1982 campaign, might obtain a book called "Vulcan 607", which is available from several places ranging from ebay to Amazon for prices between about 1.50 to 6.00.

In the book is a graphic of the refueling plan, which took 11 Victor Tankers and about 6 other tankers to get the Vulcan to Port Stanley and back, requiring Victors to refuel Victors, themselves having to get refueled from another Victor in order to get back to Ascension. There they refueled and headed south again to refuel the Victors that met the returning Vulcan in order to refuel it to get back. In all the Vulcan was refueled 7 times. To make the exercise really interesting, the "Lead" Vulcan failed after take off and the No 2 replaced it. This link should get you to a group of thumbnail diagrams showing schematics of the flight and refueling plan. You might have to paste it into your browser or Peter might make it easier to launch. The book is one of the best that I have ever read, a sentiment echoed by several other people, including Jeremy Clarkson I believe.

I'll stand correcting but I believe that the Vulcan still flying is the one that did the business in the Falklands.

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13/08/2014 : 14:45:12      reply with quote


Pennypeck can i correct you, Vulcon XH558 did not take any part in bombing the Falklands,yes it was converted for aerial refuelling in 1982 but never left its base in the UK.XH558 was the last Vulcan in service largely due to the fact that it had seen little service as a bomber.
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13/08/2014 : 14:57:40      reply with quote


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Did anyone else see the old bomber fly down the Aire Valley on the Tour de France Day. It turned at Keighley & flew off up the Worth Valley. Was it a Lancaster or a Wellington? It was very low, not much higher than the tower at Steeton.
DC3 Dakota flew down the valley. Dad flew in them many times but never landed in the plane,always jumped out for some reason!!
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13/08/2014 : 18:29:34      reply with quote


'Sam' In 1963 I flew down to Gibraltar in a Dakota to join a ship in my Navy days. I thought the one I saw going down the valley was too big for a Dakota.
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13/08/2014 : 18:34:54      reply with quote


When I lived in Hexham, Northumberland, in the early 1970's I used regularly see Vulcans either going north into Scotland or vice versa. They flew quite low over the golf course I was playing on. I guess they were fully 'tooled up' at that time.
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13/08/2014 : 20:23:48      reply with quote


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Silsden AFC applied for a fly past on TDF day but we were not issued with what and when, but would if it were possible supply one.

We just applied again for November 8th when we will hold a special commemorative 100 year remembrance day at the club, details to follow later.

We were told they do not fly any planes in winter as they go into a training session for the next seasons flights.
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13/08/2014 : 23:42:34      reply with quote


Midway,

Yes you can correct me, per my suggestion. However, I have pasted a couple of sentences below, from one of many articles on the subject. It could be that they are incorrect.

Further, I attended the Farnborough airshow in 2008, which might have been the first time the Vulcan flew at the show in recent times. The commentator, who was one of the flight team, said that it was the one that dropped the bomb on the Port Stanley runway and that the flight crew of that flight were on board that day as guests. Margaret Thatcher was also in attendance, specifically to join in the celebrations for the return of the Vulcan to the skies. Unless there has been a renumbering of the aircraft, there doesn't seem to be an obvious explanation. It doesn't really matter. I was merely bringing the Vulcan 607 book to the attention of interested parties.

"The only action that XH558 saw was in the Falklands War in 1982 when it flew 8.000 miles to bomb the runway at Port Stanley and planes on the ground during the Argentine invasion of the Falklands."

"Britain's only flying Cold War Vulcan bomber and which participated in Operation Black Buck bombing Stanley airport during the Falkland Islands conflict of 1982, will take its final flight next year before being grounded because of soaring restoration costs, according to reports in the UK media."
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14/08/2014 : 10:22:22      reply with quote


Pennypeck, sorry to disappoint you but XH558 was at Woodford being converted to be a tanker at the time of the Falklands conflict.


On 30 March 1982 XH558 returned to Waddington to join No 44 Sqn. With the beginning of the Falklands conflict (2 April to 14 June 1982), '558 was earmarked as one of six to be converted to the stop-gap tanker role and despatched to Woodford by July 1982 for conversion to K.2, which involved fitment of a hastily-installed hose drum unit mounted under the extreme rear fuselage. XH558 was the last of the six to be converted, and it was delivered back to Waddington on 12 October 1982, this time joining No 50 Sqn but moving on only two weeks later to the A&AEE at Boscombe Down on 25 October for tanking trials before heading back up north.

For information about Operation Black Buck and the aircraft that took part in the operation you should read here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Black_Buck

BTW I serviced Vulcans for about 2+ years at RAF Scampton - happy days happy :)
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14/08/2014 : 11:29:16      reply with quote


Thank you Peter, yes i had knowledge of you working on Vulcan Bombers ,and was waiting for your input on this topic.the confusion with 558 stems from news reporters not investigating the subject correctly.
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14/08/2014 : 13:31:24      reply with quote


Peter,

So the Vulcan fly-past was on your behalf eh?

You have not disappointed me in the least. Merely passing on information that I thought some might find interesting.

With mention of your activities, I recalled that I was "seconded" (in other words ordered) by the Ministry of Defence during the Falklands campaign to go immediately to the factory of an aerospace sub-contractor in Rochdale to programme a small but complex aircraft spare part that they had to manufacture on a CNC machine and it had to be on a plane that night. I'd just come out of hospital, so Rochdale came to me, so to speak. The complexity of the part meant it had to be programmed via a main-frame computer, which happened to be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. I connected to the computer via a teletype of the kind that used to print out the football results on "Grandstand" in the olden days. The teletype was connected to a modem, in those days a wooden box about one foot cubed, whereby the phone handset was inserted into "cups" inside the modem where it listened to the "squawks" from the teletype, like you sometimes hear on a fax machine, and then transmitted the data across the pond to the computer, which I then interacted with to produce the required cutter tool-paths for the CNC machine. It took me about an hour and provided me with a one inch wide punched paper tape (punched in Silsden), which the Rochdale guys (and the man from the Ministry) hastily drove back to the factory. Security was such that nobody could (or would, because the man from the MOD was there) tell me what the component was, or which aircraft it was destined for, but within a week the Port Stanley runway was bombed. I did wonder at the time whether the component was destined for a Vulcan but alas I never found out.
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02/09/2014 : 18:35:52      reply with quote



Published on 31 Aug 2014

So here is the 2014 Vulcan display from Bournemouth. Sit back and enjoy oh and check out the last flyby and wingover truly amazing.

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One of the best videos I've seen of the Vulcan, and as I remember they used to "do" air shows.

Air brakes out, airbrakes in
Wheels down - wheels up
Bomb doors open - bomb dors closed
High speed pass, climb and roll out at the top.

Enjoy happy :)happy :)happy :)happy :)happy :)happy :)
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midway
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02/09/2014 : 21:39:25      reply with quote


Thank you peter, that was fantastic.
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Marrywell
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02/09/2014 : 22:19:16      reply with quote


Brilliant! Many thanks Peter.
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hillbilly
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02/09/2014 : 22:34:17      reply with quote


Fantastic Peter brings back some great memories of the rockape days, Happy times
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