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Cold Warrior

After many years this Vulcan has been refurbished to the extent that it now appears regularly at UK airshows. The last of a truly iconic classic the Vulcan really follows the old adage - 'if it looks right, it flies right'. Designed from a spec laid down in 1946 the outcome was an aircraft capable of near Mach 1.0 and with a service ceiling well over 65,000ft - no fighter could touch it in the early days.

From 1957 until the early 80’s the Vulcan was at the heart of the NATO MAD ethos (MAD - Mutually Assured Destruction) with nuclear armed Vulcans, Victors and Canberras poised for take-off in less then three minutes at many bases throughout Europe. The first class flight performance of the Vulcan was demonstrated by the series of Skyshield exercises held in the early 60’s when Vulcans successfully ’attacked’ New York, Chicago and Washington - penetrating at heights around 100ft. Serious red faces in the USAF military!

There was considerable discussion when the type was introduced about the disparity in crew escape facilities as only the pilots had ejection seats and the rear crew members (navs and electronics ops) were left to struggle out the entrance/exit door. This was starkly illustrated when the first operational Vulcan, returning to an official reception at London airport after a round -the-world flag waving trip crashed on the approach attempting to land in poor conditions. The pilots ejected, the other crew members were lost. In all, 10 Vulcans were lost during squadron service - on four occasions only both pilots survived, on two events all crew escaped and on four occasions all crew were killed. Even in peacetime the numbers start to add up.

This image captured by Connor - with a setting introduced from my own desk - so well captures the style of the 'old friend' - was it really over 45 yrs ago!!!

Title:Cold Warrior
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:11 Jan 2011 - 10:28 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Vulcan
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dusfim
dusfim  4 Malta
11 Jan 2011 - 10:47 AM

Fantastic shot, plus a very informed information on the Vulcan. Around thirty years ago one huge Vulcan crashed in Malta. We still keep calling this crash the miracle of the Vulcan. Only one woman was killed.when the Vulcan had fallen in the middle of the Zabbar village. Dusfim

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
11 Jan 2011 - 10:59 AM


Quote: Fantastic shot, plus a very informed information on the Vulcan. Around thirty years ago one huge Vulcan crashed in Malta. We still keep calling this crash the miracle of the Vulcan. Only one woman was killed.when the Vulcan had fallen in the middle of the Zabbar village. Dusfim

In 1975 the Vulcan undershot the runway at Luqa damaging the undercarriage and wing, going round again for another landing attempt the aircraft broke up and crashed in the village. All crew and one unfortunate woman civilian were killed.
Pat

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Wonderful image once again Pat

Chris

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 11:10 AM

Great shot and a fascinating write up - how sad that these only provided escape for the pilots.
Helen

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 11:21 AM

Great shot and a fascinating write up. I am much amused by the expression,

"Serious red faces in the USAF military, " but saddened by the loss of life among the crews.

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jim5955
jim5955  5 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 - 1:15 PM

Excellent

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pluffy
pluffy  7126 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 - 3:10 PM

A cracking image of an incredible plane.
Well done.
Steve

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VivienO
VivienO  4 United Kingdom
11 Jan 2011 - 8:07 PM

Fantastic plane and image
Vivien

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andypitstop
11 Jan 2011 - 8:07 PM

Cracking shot.. Thanks for the comments you left on mine...Andy

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2011 - 8:13 PM

Cracking work and such an informative narrative Pat.
A name from the past you might know 'Paddy Mallooly'
Richard

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
11 Jan 2011 - 9:33 PM

No recollection Richard and I guess I wouldn't forget that name - best crew mate and skipper was 'Curly' Goodwin. Thanks for the input.
Pat

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
11 Jan 2011 - 9:46 PM

A wonderful composition Grampa and looks very familiar to me and will explain later.

connor

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Jestertheclown
11 Jan 2011 - 9:59 PM

Like it Pat.

Bren.

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MichaelBHanney
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13 Jan 2011 - 12:46 PM

Nicely done and, as always, an interesting and informative read.

Michael

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2011 - 9:15 AM

An excellent composition as ever Pat and very interesting detail.
Alan

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jan 2011 - 12:15 PM

Superb work showing this iconic aircraft off to full advantage Pat. Wonderful description to complement a stunning image.
Sylvia

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viscostatic
5 Jul 2011 - 10:05 PM

Beautiful and fascinating.

Phil.

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