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1Back to top Go down   The Vulcan Aircraft Story Empty The Vulcan Aircraft Story on Thu Oct 29, 2015 12:49 am

Shep

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I didn't want to continue the hijacking of the thread that also included the Vulcan discussion but I am interested in continuing it a bit longer.
I wouldn't mind asking a few questions and making a few statements about this unique aircraft and  hope that someone can correct or clarify my memory.
I worked as a summer student in Goose Bay Labrador during the summer of 1971.
At Goose Bay at that time there were about 100 RAF personnel turning Kites around. The Kites were the Vulcans. I was never allowed near the maintenance area for these aircraft.

I did become friends with the RAF personnel and that summer they taught me cricket and I taught them slow-pitch ball.

Every Friday one of the kites would land with Double Diamond Kegs and they would give the beer away at the NCO Mess for about 15 cents a glass.

I was told there were no mufflers or other noise abatement equipment as part of the aircraft. The radio communications shack I worked out of was at least a kilometer away from the end of the runway and whenever the Vulcan ran its engines up for takeoff the windows would rattle and the building would shake.
I was told the aircraft could go vertical much like a rocket and while I was working on the runway one day the tower asked a transcontinental flight to be aware of a Vulcan taking off, to which the transcontinental flight replied that they had just witnessed the aircraft off in the distance going vertical.
I was told that the reason the Vulcans were in Goose Bay was because the distance from London to Moscow was similar to the distance from London to Goose Bay  and over similar terrain.
I was told or it was implied that their were 6-7 crew members on the Vulcan.
I was told that in order to ensure they were flying as low as they could one member would lie on his belly looking out the rear of the aircraft to see if the exhaust blackened the snow (meaning they were as low as they go safely).
I only saw the Vulcan from a distance but I certainly could hear it at any distance.
Since the RAF could buy at the American BX and I couldn't, they would buy for me  my weekly Heineken beer ($3.70 for 24 beer).
I am not sure if it was a RAF ritual but I do recall that as I left to return to school I was given a cutoff tie or they cut my tie as I was leaving
Lots of good memories with the RAF personnel that summer.
Shep


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K100RS      1984 July/ (F0040448)
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2Back to top Go down   The Vulcan Aircraft Story Empty Vulcan stories on Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:53 am

nvboy

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Although I was never in the military and am certainly not an expert, I do like military aviation history and have even seen a Vulcan close up.
In 1972 I went to the Abbotsford Airshow (near Vancouver, British Columbia), one of the biggest airshows in North America.  One of it's feature performers that year was the Vulcan and it did not disappoint.  After slowly flying down the flight line it gunned it's engines and pointed near vertical and disappeared soon after leaving everyone with plugged ears.  A quick read shows that, when empty, the Vulcan had an almost 1:1 thrust to weight ratio so going almost straight up, at least temporarily, is quite possible.  Years later I saw a B-1 bomber do the same thing at the Ottawa airshow and set off about 25,000 car alarms in the parking lot.
I might take my K to the 2016 Abbotsford show - they have a great motorcycle-only area.  

I'm on the Island; where are you in BC?  I've only seen a couple of K's here, despite it being a terrific area for them.

Darrin


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3Back to top Go down   The Vulcan Aircraft Story Empty Re: The Vulcan Aircraft Story on Thu Oct 29, 2015 2:13 am

Shep

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I live in Prince George and ride mainly in the local area. Hopefully next year I will make a trip down and around the island.
Shep[


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Model        Production Date/Serial Number
K100RS      1984 July/ (F0040448)
K100RS      1986 Dec/ (H0142581)
    

4Back to top Go down   The Vulcan Aircraft Story Empty Re: The Vulcan Aircraft Story on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:33 am

dee why

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Hi Shep and nvboy,

Great stories.
I can only give you some non expert anecdotes.

If I recall correctly, someone recently posted a picture of a K100 in front of a Vulcan at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune, Scotland. (Maybe this was the earlier thread you mentioned).

I was lucky enough to visit that Vulcan and next to the fuselage mission markers is the Brazilian flag as that Vulcan had to land in Rio due to a broken refuelling snorkel on the way back from the Falklands to Ascension. (Black Buck missions).

I grew up about 3 miles from Avalon Airport (Victoria, Australia not BC) where they assembled military aircraft then. I remember going to an airshow in the 1960's and being swooped and deafened by a Vulcan. I have some super 8 footage of that flight. I think the Kiwi's had some Vulcans and the RAF had some in South Australia for missile testing around that time.

Amazing aircraft. Have you seen the BBC doc "Cold War, Hot Jets"? It's on the tube. 2 Episodes.

Cheers,


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5Back to top Go down   The Vulcan Aircraft Story Empty Re: The Vulcan Aircraft Story on Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:05 pm

Dai

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The very last flight.... Sad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsWl1k4IBD4

For those who didn't know, the display pilot was Martin Withers who also flew both the first and last Black Buck as Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers.


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