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The Vulcan’s final flight?
Swindon Advertiser ^
| David Wiles
Posted on 10/28/2010 9:20:15 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
An Historic aircraft which was Britains last line of defence in the Cold War could be grounded or sold unless its owners can raise £150,000 by the end of tomorrow.
The Vulcan, the last all-British designed and built military aircraft, was on around-the-clock standby to drop the atomic bomb on the Soviet Union during the east-west standoff.
Now the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which displays the last flying Vulcan XH558 at air shows during the summer, needs to raise money urgently to maintain the aircraft at RAF Lyneham until Christmas.
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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; bombercommand; coldwar; greatbritain; raf; vulcan
Bummer. The last one flying. Mebbe they’ve still got some space at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum annex out at Dulles, VA?
The only time the Vulcan got to drop bombs in anger was over the Falklands. Just as well, as it was designed for nuclear armageddon.
posted on 10/28/2010 9:28:48 PM PDT
An oddly stealthy design for its day.
posted on 10/28/2010 9:36:26 PM PDT
by null and void
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This thread is useless without photos.
I remember being impressed with how quiet they were. Huge machine too.
posted on 10/28/2010 9:36:31 PM PDT
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One could go watch the James Bond movie Thunderball as well.
posted on 10/28/2010 9:41:16 PM PDT
I saw it fly last year at Goodwood.
"The only time the Vulcan got to drop bombs in anger was over the Falklands. Just as well, as it was designed for nuclear armageddon. "
I saw that one, or one of them, right after the Falklands thing. It visited Randolph AFB along with a Harrier. It flew over our building at about treetop level.
posted on 10/28/2010 9:50:38 PM PDT
by matthew fuller
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A beautiful aircraft - saw it at airshow several years ago.
It only had ejection seats for the pilot & co pilot - the 3 remaining crew members were screwed if it went down.
posted on 10/28/2010 10:05:14 PM PDT
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Wow, I’ve got a photo I took of one at the Farnborough Show in 1964 or 65, together with the latest and greatest in passenger jets - the VC10 !!
posted on 10/28/2010 10:41:18 PM PDT
It is impressive to watch on a low fly-by.
A picture taken by a friend at the Southport Air Show we attended a year ago.
posted on 10/29/2010 12:13:35 AM PDT
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