Author Topic: AVRO Vulcan XH558  (Read 51637 times)

Jaded

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AVRO Vulcan XH558
« on: June 21, 2009, 05:29:45 pm »
Spectacular enough to have its own thread!

She appeared from the East, having visited Silverstone


Flew right over our position


Executed a series of wonderfully graceful turns






Flew over us again


and finally swept majestically off back to Lincolnshire.


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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2009, 05:38:00 pm »
Looking at the first picture, she's running a bit rich  :-\
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009, 05:58:43 pm »
I saw another Vulcan today, on a runway near Wellesbourne.  Just looked it up, and apparently it was parked there in '84, and they still rev it up and taxi it.

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2009, 06:31:50 pm »
I remember them flying over the school playing fields when they were still operational. A salesman for self-adhesive products who called on me would spent the minimum decent amount of time on business before digressing to his real passion. One of his photos here.

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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2009, 06:36:58 pm »
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2009, 08:52:45 pm »
Looking at the first picture, she's running a bit rich  :-\

Actually, I think that's normal for 1950s/60s vintage turbojets. Ever seen pictures of B-52s taking off utilising water injection in the jet exhaust? Now that's smoky.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2009, 10:07:44 pm »
Fantastic!  :thumbsup:
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2009, 07:52:21 am »
Great pics Jaded! A beautiful and noisy (in a good way) aircraft. XH558 landed back at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire yesterday afternoon. Think the stat published when the  Vulcans were being scrapped/sold off was that they cost about £3000 per minute to run  :o

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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2009, 12:05:26 pm »
I think Vulcans were some of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed.  Much better looking than Concorde.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009, 12:11:20 pm »
Looking at the first picture, she's running a bit rich  :-\

No, as far as I know that was one of the problems with the Vulcan - the engines left a trail which was easily visible. One of the reasons they were switched to a low-level role. I may be wrong.

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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2009, 12:12:05 pm »
You can't beat a Vulcan going over your head at low level for sheer ground shaking enjoyment.  Their engines always smoked.

Lovely photos J.

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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2009, 12:13:13 pm »
I think Vulcans were some of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed.  Much better looking than Concorde.
As you probably know, a Vulcan was used for testing the Concorde engines. I Can't remember where it is, but I'm sure I've seen it.

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2009, 12:13:22 pm »
Great pictures. I really like the low level one in the background of the trees.   :thumbsup:
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2009, 01:43:14 pm »
I saw another Vulcan today, on a runway near Wellesbourne.  Just looked it up, and apparently it was parked there in '84, and they still rev it up and taxi it.

You can normally see it parked in the corner from the main road. Approaching that point, a few hours behind you  >:(, I was just about to point it put to the guy I was behind when I realised it wasn't there. Apparently some of the 100km event riders watched it taxiing while the other one did its fly past.

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2009, 02:29:41 pm »
I think Vulcans were some of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed.  Much better looking than Concorde.
As you probably know, a Vulcan was used for testing the Concorde engines. I Can't remember where it is, but I'm sure I've seen it.

I am not sure about the test bed story, but the Olympus engines share the same origin indeed.

EDIT:I have checked this in Wiki now.

But, no, the most beautiful aircraft ever designed has to be a Mirage.



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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2009, 02:36:02 pm »
The Mirage is pretty generic, could be confused for a load of different planes.

There is no other aircraft that looks like a Vulcan.

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2009, 02:38:36 pm »
The Mirage is pretty generic, could be confused for a load of different planes.


Really? Which? (Going back to 1952-1961)
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2009, 03:18:03 pm »
Christ, there's loads of them.  Convair F102 Delta Dagger to start with (1950)

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2009, 03:21:34 pm »
Enjoy the Vulcan flying while you can, they've had to move out of Bruntingthorpe because they owe the landlords something like £1m in unpaid rent and the group will soon be declared bankrupt :(

Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2009, 04:38:03 pm »
Christ, there's loads of them.  Convair F102 Delta Dagger to start with (1950)

What an ugly aircraft! Same era as Mirage, just about, but very easily identifiable as a Dagger and not an, elegant, Mirage. Closer it is also visibly bigger.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2009, 04:52:26 pm »
I see your Mirage and raise you a Lightning

This film is just fab

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1951to1964/filmpage_streaked.htm
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2009, 05:03:18 pm »
I see your Mirage and raise you a Lightning


Nice(r) aircraft; still not as elegant as a Mirage in my book though! But a nice interceptor with a long career; and nearly a delta.

I like the movie.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2009, 06:16:41 pm »
Personally, I think the Mirage looks too much like a paper plane.  Too angular for me.

The Vulcan has curves like a sexy woman.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2009, 06:45:47 pm »
When I was a kiddie I had a very nice model of a Gloster Javelin. Like a mini Vulcan.
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Re: AVRO Vulcan XH558
« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2009, 07:30:43 pm »
Ah, but my heart belongs to the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Fcj4taoWxRA&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Fcj4taoWxRA&rel=1</a>
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