- No More Vulcan XH558 After This Season
I was thinking about heading over to Welshpool today but had too much else on to fit it in. The Vulcan is supposed to be doing a tour of all the airfields where there are static Vulcans on display so its coming over Woodford, East Midlands and various other places more local to me, I think on the weekend of 27th – 28th June.Posted 4 years agoSpeshpaul wrote:
Welshpool international today….. ace.
Missed the big beast. Well I didn’t actually know the airshow was on. But was driving past Welshpool today on way back from CYB, and once I’d manage to work my way round the closed road I was planning on using (and which they wanted to divert me miles in the wrong direction) caught the Typhoon getting thrown around the sky, which was flipping excellent!Posted 4 years ago
I thought doing a barrel roll was within the design specs?
I have to admit I was amazed at what the Typhoon did – hadn’t realized they displayed like that. Where I was due East of the show seemed to be a great location as it came pretty close and we also got to see it coming head on and directly away so you could see the orange glow from the nozzles – that surely was on reheat?Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Not sure the ability to do a barrel role was within the design spec’s as such – has no value as a tactical manoeuvre for a large bomber. I think it was the Avro test pilot getting a bit frisky one year at a Farnborough airshow, and I seem to recall from a documentary that he got a bit of a bollocking for it. I think he only did it once or twice. In anycase in theory any aircraft is capable of doing a barrel role so long as +ve G is maintained. Someone did a barrel roll in Concorde once and it certainly was not in that aircraft’s design spec’s.
I have fond memories of the Vulcans and Nimrods. I was an Apprentice at BAe Woodford and lived under the flightpath of the aerodrome as a kid when the Nimrods and Vulcans were there for refits, so became very used to seeing them flying over routinely. As an apprentice i heard lots of stories from some of the guys who worked on them. Seems strange when you see a Vulcan flying now and i’ve forgotten how commonplace it was.
One of the benefits of being an Apprentice there was bunking off my block release college course and going on-site and sitting on a grass verge next to the runway during the week ahead of the Woodford Airshow and watching all the aircraft practicing their display’s. I often saw them do things they would not be allowed to do during a public display as there was always a lot of competition between the pilots from different airforces and countries. The Vulcans and Nimrods easily put on some of the most impressive displays even compared to the fighters, all of which had their wings severely clipped apart from the Russians. The SU27 Flankers always stole the show, but seeing a Vulcan pulling off some fighter like manoeuvres was always an impressive sight. Also the sheer noise and vibration from their engines, you could feel your internal organs vibrate when a vulcan came round on a low speed bank, to flatten out and haul the nose up to almost stand the thing on its tail and climb out. I fear the good old days of airshows of that caliber are long gone.Posted 4 years agohebdencyclistMember
My ropey cameraphone footage of the Vulcan at Southport airshow 2012. That was supposed to be its “last ever season” too.
The airshow commentary said that there are no spare parts, and not even the Avro blueprints survive, so each required part needs designing and fabricating.
Dunno whether Rolls Royce still support the Olympus. But I doubt it!Posted 4 years agoBenjiMMember
A colleague at work, who knows his aviation stuff told me that the chairman of the charity was on 90K a year! (no facts to back this up mind)
Unlikely if it is a charity since it’s illegal for trustees to be paid (other than reimbursing expenses incurred)..[/quote]
The audited accounts (2013) state that the chairman (Robert Pleming) resigned as trustee in November 2009 and is now CEO with a salary in between £70k and £80k. Wages and salaries as a whole come to £691k for 30 staff. That’s up from 27 staff in 2012 with £609k on wages and salaries.Posted 4 years ago
Hoping to catch it this weekend 😀Posted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
Was coming back from 4 days biking in North Wales on Sunday, pulled into the Warwick services on the M40, hopped out the car just in time to see the Vulcan do a complete display just the other side of the motorway. Perfect timing!
3rd time I’ve seen it this year (and second complete surprise – flew over me while out walking in the New Forest too). Always get a thrill!Posted 4 years agobigyinnMember
They are actively advising people NOT to go to Doncaster to watch it take off & land due access issues for the emergency services caused by the crowds.Posted 4 years ago
Wonderful to think so many people are still interested in this 60 year old design!
Made my birthday this year to go and watch it at Bournemouth on the Sunday.
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