Vulcan Bomber XH558 (The last fly-past)

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Peter Clare, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    Taken today at Waddo by my fiancee. The Vulcan was fantastic.

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  3. kfz

    kfz Very Senior Member

  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Couple of Vulcans on one of the lastest stamps too.
    Avro Vulcan Prototypes and Avro 707s -56p

    Part of the RAF’s V bomber force acting as a nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the subsonic Avro Vulcan delta wing bomber was operated by the RAF from 1953 until 1984. In this time it was also used as a conventional bomber during the Falklands conflict. Only one example of this type of aircraft remains in flying condition. The Avro 707 was an experimental aircraft built to test the delta wing concept which was later incorporated into the Vulcan. The stamp features a shot of both aircrafts taken at Farnborough in 1953.
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  7. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

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  9. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Just singed the petition, but as you say Adam I can't see the Government supporting this.
  10. militarycross

    militarycross Very Senior Member

    Just received this from a chum. Thought it might be of interest to this thread.

    Per Ardua ad Astra

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  11. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    RAF - News by Date

    One of the stars of this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo in the Cotswolds has been unveiled by organisers.


    Visitors to RAF Fairford on July 18-19 will have a rare opportunity to see a display by one of the most iconic warbirds of the Cold War era.
    The world’s only airworthy Vulcan bomber, which was restored to flying condition last year following a massive £7 million public campaign, will join hundreds of other aircraft at the world’s largest military airshow.
    The news will be greeted by thousands of people who had hoped to see the legendary aircraft at last summer’s cancelled Air Tattoo.
    Vulcan XH558, which was built in 1960, enjoyed a 33-year career in the RAF, including service during the Falklands War. Along with the Valiant and the Victor, the three aircraft comprised the Royal Air Force’s legendary V-bomber force, designed to protect the UK from nuclear threat from the 1950s to the 1980s.
    The ambitious restoration of XH558 was supported by a £2.5 million grant from the Lottery Fund, a £500,000 donation from philanthropist Jack Hayward, commercial sponsors plus contributions from more than 20,000 members of the public. The campaign also received significant fundraising support from the Air Tattoo throughout the restoration project.
    Air Tattoo Director Mr Tim Prince said he was very excited to announce the participation of such a unique aircraft.
    He said: “Like Concorde and the Spitfire, the Avro Vulcan is one of the few iconic aircraft that has the ability to have a profound impact on those who see it fly. Its sleek lines belie its thunderous power and it is simply breathtaking to watch.
    “We are pleased to be able to give the thousands of people who had hoped to see the Vulcan fly at RAF Fairford last summer another opportunity to see this amazing aircraft.”
    The Royal International Air Tattoo is staged annually in support of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.

    Image 1: (Larger size) Vulcan Bomber aircraft.
  12. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Wonderful news Peter.

    I remember watching one at a display and it actually blotted out the sun as it was so low and all went dark for a second or so. Artificial Eclipse of the Sun so to speak.

  13. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek

    No mention of the Vulcan at Waddington this year yet. Have to wait and see.
  14. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Excellent news Peter. :)
  15. Capt.Sensible

    Capt.Sensible Well-Known Member

    Cool! Another free flying display through my kitchen window...there are some compensations for living close to an airbase.


    OK, OK, visible from my kitchen window, ...pedants!
  16. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    According to the Biggin Hill Airfair website, the Vulcan is flying today between 15-10 to 15-40 hours followed by the Red Arrows.

    There are a host of others, but no times unless you pay £5 online.

    Yesterday the BBMF flew over the house and the Red Arrows.

  17. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    I went to Biggin Hill yesterday with the family and the Vulcan was truly awesome! Sadly no pics as I forgot the camera! DOH!! :(.
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    From my days of attending airshows, the Avro Vulcan was the only aeroplane to actually blot out the sun as it flew over, causing a mini eclypse:D.

    A truely legendary aeroplane.

  19. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Whilst the Vulcan was flying one of the commentators said that Rolls Royce would only "guarantee" the engines for a certain number of "cycles" as opposed to "flying hours" ? Can anyone expand on this as, not being at all clued up on such matters, I didn't understand. :huh:
  20. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    A Cycle is a start from cold to hot ie a start up whether it flies or not and then cold again.

    It is basically a full heat cycle

    I know this because I raced 250 Grand Prix motorcycles for many years and we had to heat cycle the piston and rings when we replaced them as a form of running in and bedding the new parts as it would be less likely to seize ( fail ) the tolerances were very close

    As such this is the same sort of cycle on the Vulcans engines as most problems on any engine tend to happen when the parts are expanding........unless of course some numb nuts forgets oils or some such fluid like coolant.....failures also happen when engines are shut down to early if the revs drop to quickly not allowing the oil & water pumps to circulate the fluids........the Vulcans lubrication would be for the turbine bearing etc which are under extreme load......

    Regards Lee

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