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Vulcans all around

18 September 2014

Vulcans all around

[Editor’s note: this is the final post this week concerning the Avro Vulcan. The Vulcan is not well known on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean but is more than famous on the east side of the Atlantic as the Royal Air Force’s primary nuclear strike strategic bomber during most of the Cold War. As with its NATO cousin, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, it too originally flew missions high and fast until increasingly capable fighter and missile threats demanded a change in tactics. Like the B-52, the Vulcan’s airframe was then reinforced for low penetration flying—also changing the livery from anti-flash white to earth toned camouflage coloring. The next posts feature a walkaround, a pilot interview and photos of most of the other surviving Vulcans in the UK.

All photos in this post were provided by Ross Sharp of Shortfinals’s Blog (also his copyright) who is an excellent aviation historian, among other historical interests, and his blog posts are entertaining as well as enlightening. They should be read.]

 

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan in the RAF Museum with 21 x 1000 pound bombs (as many as could be carried on a conventional mission) with the late Cold War camouflage livery — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan at the East Midlands Airport Aeropark — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

 

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan at RAF Cosford in the livery immediately after changing from the white anti-flash (grey undersides) — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

The East Midlands Airport Aeropark Avro Vulcan tail assembly view — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan displayed at the Newark Air Museum with Avro Blue Steel Mach 3 nuclear armed stand-off missile — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

RAF Cosford’s Avro Vulcan forward fuselage — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan’s bomb bay at RAF Duxford — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan at RAF Duxford — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan at RAF Cosford with Mach 3 Blue Steel missile in the background (on nuclear missions the Vulcan could be armed with the missile of gravity bombs) and also note the open crew entry hatch forward of the nose gear — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Avro Vulcan — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

Detail of the nose of the East MIdlands Airport Aeropark Avro Vulcan’s nose (note the minute cockpit window area and even less for the crew sitting aft of the flight deck) — photo and copyright Ross Sharp

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