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beaconsman

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beaconsman says:

today

Mega day!

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preunit

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preunit says:

Cool

where was that?.........that sky looks amazing :sunglasses:

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mostlyslowly

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mostlyslowly says:

is that the vulcan

In the second pic beac?

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beaconsman

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beaconsman says:

today

Cleethorpes Festival of flight..today, yes it was the avro Vulcan..and we saw Sally B...(B17)

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mostlyslowly

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mostlyslowly says:

love the vulcan

But apparently it won't be flying for much longer due to cost and shortage of parts. A fantastic machine.

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

those 2 fighters....

flew over the Super Sausage this afternoon too.

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Beelady

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Beelady says:

I love

the Vulcan. Something special about it. I get quite emotional when I see it fly.

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Diablere

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Diablere says:

a story an old army bloke told me about the falklands

involving the Vulcan Bomber.

Apparantly the only way to fly a Heracles to the falklands was to refuel in air. and apparantly the only plane that had the mileage to cope with this was the Vulcan, so towards the end of the conflict one of them was converted into a air to air refueler.

the problem came from the fact that the vulcan's slowest speed was faster than the Heracles's top speed!

they got around this by refueling on a nose dive!:shock:

i've only got his word for that being true, but he said it was the scariest thing he'd ever experienced!:shock:

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snev

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snev says:

Diablere

I reckon a pinch of salt...was involved in that tale.....:mellow:

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stevebaldy

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stevebaldy says:

saw a documentary about those

raids, very interesting.  An epic mission, which required the re-fuelling tankers to be re-fuelled themselves!!....think they used converted Victors.   In all only one bomb hit the target (the runway), but it put the beejeesus up the Argies who thought such a mission would be impossible...nigh on 7,000mile round trip. :blink::blink:

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snev

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snev says:

Diablere

Thinking about that story again...... I reckon he was taking the piss......The act of air to air refueling involves great skill and two aircraft flying close together at the same speed...the Vulcan has a huge wing area that is capable of flying slowly and the Hercules would in my opinion , be able to keep up....they can manage it with the VC10 and Tristar and I think they also did it with the Victor Tankers which were fellow "V"  Bombers in their day (similar performance). Operation Black buck involved a hole series of refueling points using maximum range and many fill ups to enable just the one Vulcan to Straddle the runway with 22 x 1000 pound bombs.....it was enough !...... You can still see the craters on Google maps , if you look closely.... Much respect to all involved.

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