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Swervin_Mervin

1,226 posts

124 months

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William is the patron of the BBMF is he not? Sure he could stump up a few ££. As fot convincing the public over spending their taxes, that's easy. Fly it over as many areas as possible, with a voting exercise immediately after. I'm sure if people saw it flying they sign up to the idea without much coercion.

As an aside, we took my uncle to see XH558 at Brunters back in '09, when he was over from the US for m wedding. He retired from flying just before the Vulcans came in, so it was great to see his face light up as he didn't have a clue what was going on! However, we went to a local public house afterwards, where the publican was a keen aviator - he had a couple of ejector seats in the dining room! He was incredibly disparaging, however, about the trust with regard to their professionalism and economic controls.

WayneB

133 posts

112 months

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Still remember the first time I saw a Vulcan flying over Bilesley Common as a kid at the annual airshow with its bomb bay doors wide open.

BLOODY AMAZING!

Dissapointed to hear that yet again like the Concorde the Brits cant be bothered to keep this fantastic aircraft in the air for futire generations to marvel at

Its one thing to see it on the ground, but another to see it in flight and hear those Rolls Royce Olympus engines screaming.

Edited by WayneB on Saturday 13th October 02:08

boma

124 posts

93 months

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As a kid I remember low level overhead flybys at Sealand and Valley... felt like the earth was about to end! Amazing machine and sad to see go. How about sacking some stupid middle management government idiots and keeping this going?

TKH

325 posts

75 months

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Sad that we cannot as a country support this but we can do this with our money !

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/342865/We-re-n...

jason61c

1,449 posts

60 months

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Was it the Vulcan that was suppose to bomb the runway in the Falklands?
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Aldor

91 posts

25 months

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LongLiveTazio said:
Since when was 'difficult and costly' a barrier to British engineering?
since accountants were allowed out of their cages.

rs mexico

412 posts

102 months

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Use to see a frail old man on his walking sticks out and about with the local chavs giving him abuse most days.
Then one day while out with me dad we passed him,it seems he was at school with my dad and then joined the RAF.He then went on to fly Vulcans in the height of the cold war while carrying the bomb untill he had a meltdown and was retired early.So whats your day job then.

Eric Mc

77,139 posts

151 months

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jason61c said:
Was it the Vulcan that was suppose to bomb the runway in the Falklands?
Nothing "supposed" about it.
Read this book -


JVaughan

5,802 posts

169 months

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When she flew transit over the South Wales Valleys, my Facebook went crazy with comments... Quite a few people were gobsmacked by the sight, having never seen her before.
Lots if comments Lin admiration .. And some saying .."is it new?"

rtz62

620 posts

41 months

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If we told the Governent to stop sending the ridiculous amounts of Aid to India, China et al, the Vulcan would be viable for years.
And before any wker s start trying to convince me or themselves that the aid is justified, India and china have the worlds fastest growing economies and spend a whole bunch of $ on space and nuclear programmes. Which they wouldn't be able to fund unless the had the generous aid provided by countries like ours.....

Vieste

10,532 posts

46 months

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jason61c said:
Was it the Vulcan that was suppose to bomb the runway in the Falklands?
They did a very good accurate bomb mission on that runway, put it out of use for the time being,but did not destroy it as it was going to be needed by us.smile


I will be going to see the vulcan as much as i can next year.bow

jason61c

1,449 posts

60 months

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Eric Mc said:
Nothing "supposed" about it.
Read this book -

Well thats the thing, the runway was totally useable for the duration of the conflict, 90% of bombs missed. The Argentine forces moved mud piles onto the runway so they looked like craters from high above.

Chris Harris

489 posts

39 months

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jason61c said:
Well thats the thing, the runway was totally useable for the duration of the conflict, 90% of bombs missed. The Argentine forces moved mud piles onto the runway so they looked like craters from high above.
That's missing the point. It sent a clear message: we can reach the Falklands by air, so we can also reach your mainland. That book is absolutely compelling: defy anyone not to read it in one sitting!

DaveL485

2,636 posts

83 months

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Gizmoish said:
XH558 in a few years, and XL426 at Southend... how many more are there sitting around growing mould? frown
XL360 down the road from me in Coventry, and another down the road in Wellesbourne.

Crackie

1,431 posts

128 months

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My father was stationed at Scampton in 72-73; I was lucky to see Vulcans almost every day thumbup. The stunning, air ripping sound of 4 of them being scrambled and taking off at once was awe inspiring.

ali_kat

26,651 posts

107 months

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DaveL485 said:
Gizmoish said:
XH558 in a few years, and XL426 at Southend... how many more are there sitting around growing mould? frown
XL360 down the road from me in Coventry, and another down the road in Wellesbourne.
yes beat me to it

The one at Wellesbourne runs, but doesn't fly.

Surely something can be done to recreate the expired parts? Cobble together from the 3 non flyers above?

I'm another that will do my best to help keep her in the skies if I win the lottery

wedgeinald

1,233 posts

76 months

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It is a sad day indeed, we need to "push the boat out" so to speak for this year to get her shown at as many places as possible, I am amoungst the people who was hoping the wing mod would keep her flying for a bit longer, (this was disussed at the Vulcan AGM this year) but if funding for that cannot be found, and other parts are coming to the end of their life then maybe it is time to let her retire for good, (lets face it once she is grounded there will NEVER be another Vulcan in the air), However IF the money for the wing mod can be found and that gives us 1 years more of seeing her fly I'm all for supporting that.

Like plenty of others IF I had a big lottery win the VTTS would be one of my first calls!

My first experience of a Vulcan was XL391 at RAF Waddington when I was a CCF Cadet...


rtz62

620 posts

41 months

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Thought someone would have beaten me up for my 'cut foreign aid' comment!
I used to live at Bessecar, Doncaster near to RAF Finningly and remember what I fantastic sight they were flying overhead.
Strange feeling of security as a little boy in the late 60's n early 70's knowing they were there to protect us.
As stated before, the visceral sound of those engines was so strong you could feel it in your internal organs.
I've donated previously to the cause and if I had a big enough EuroMillions win would make sure money went to this and the BBMF.

aeropilot

8,929 posts

113 months

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jason61c said:
Eric Mc said:
Nothing "supposed" about it.
Read this book -

Well thats the thing, the runway was totally useable for the duration of the conflict, 90% of bombs missed.
Suggest you spend some time reading up on the facts before posting drivel.

Apache

38,910 posts

170 months

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jason61c said:
Was it the Vulcan that was suppose to bomb the runway in the Falklands?
It was, I was on the see off team

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