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Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by bentley-boy » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 21:19

Not Zed related (apart from going in mine) but who cares, anybody witnessed todays "Cold War" flight of the Vulcan bomber? Went up to Cottesmore, hood down of course, and having parked up walked along the public footpath called Viking Way that takes you past the end of the runway. Well, what a sight to see the Vulcan thundering towards you at low level before powering up to make a steep climb and banking manoeuvre, those Olympus (?) engines making that wonderful crackling roar. Three passes and she was off, worth the effort though!!

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Post by Althulas » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 22:46

Would love to have seen that, I've seen a Vulcan fly over my old house before it got grounded a few years back have you any pics or video to share?
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Post by bentley-boy » Thu 25 Sep, 2014 23:07

Have a piccy or two but don't know how to upload I'm afaraid :( I think it's a shame these magnificent planes are disappearing including Concorde too of course. In the case of Concorde Richard Branson wanted to continue flying them and probably had the financial clout to do it but was probably a political matter. I remember speaking with an ex Captain on the Concorde fleet and he was telling the greater picture of what happened that fateful day. As for the Vulcan it is down to the lack of serviceable engines I believe, not helped by ingesting their own silica gel bags into them!! Guess everything comes down to money in the end, and 2015 looks like the last year of flight, unless. . . . . Be a shame to see it a taxy only exhibit. Anyway it's members day at RAF Coningsby this Sunday so I'm hoping for fair weather.

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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by bertiejaffa » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 11:37

As Clarkson says in one of his books... In life everything has gone from good to great, technology has evolved and is forever getting better... Apart from air travel.

Concorde was the next step when it was made 30-40 years ago... By now we should be capable of flying to austrailia in 3 hours... Instead it has gone backwards and these great planes were grounded after one accident.... From a burst wheel!
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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by Koolflyer » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 12:28

I'd like to have been there too BB......bugger.....night shifts! Still,going to take Z up to Donc for a hanger visit to see her close up over the next few months. Sounds like a cruise?? Dave where are you?
As they say "if you've got time to spare, go by air!" Development for air travel especially for propulsion has always been a stumbling block with a big price tag. Still at least you and I have helped India be a world leader in space exploration......perhaps that's one reason :head:

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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by t-tony » Fri 26 Sep, 2014 23:56

Clarkson also gave his opinion on why the Concord was out grown in terms of it's usefulness by modern technology, the whole point about leaving the UK and having meetings in the US "before you even left the UK" in time lapse, was rendered pointless by modern communications and conference calls et al.
Even so I would still rather see them up in the sky with the hope that one day I get to fly on one.
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Post by bentley-boy » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:33

I'm up for a cruise to see the Vulcan tucked up in it's hanger, just give the nod :D Perhaps a posting in 'Events' section? Todays event at Coningsby was excellent, made all the better for having (purely by chance) got chatting to an old boy in the visitor centre. He turned out to have been a rear gunner, did his 30 ops and then went back for more! Thought to myself "how can that be he doesn't look more than 70", he was 93!!!

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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by Bowler » Sun 28 Sep, 2014 22:56

Went last year with the BMWCC, really interesting visit with the stories and knowledge of the team there really making it special, plus awesome been up close and personnel with probably the most beautiful war bird ever made,
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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by pingu » Mon 29 Sep, 2014 00:02

Not from the last flight, but from Waddington. The scream as it banked overhead was awesome...

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Re: Vulcan last flight 2014

Post by Davejue1 » Mon 29 Sep, 2014 07:26

Koolflyer wrote:I'd like to have been there too BB......bugger.....night shifts! Still,going to take Z up to Donc for a hanger visit to see her close up over the next few months. Sounds like a cruise?? Dave where are you?
As they say "if you've got time to spare, go by air!" Development for air travel especially for propulsion has always been a stumbling block with a big price tag. Still at least you and I have helped India be a world leader in space exploration......perhaps that's one reason :head:

Dead easy BB, just follow instructions on Photo bucket, upload your pics and paste it into your post..... .Pete :thumb:
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