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If anyone's feeling generous then they might like to donate something to help get this beautiful aircraft back in the sky. There are none flying currently and it looks like this particular effort may be in trouble.

It was my childhood ambition to fly one of these which I never managed, I did however see it flying fairly close up at an airshow in the late 90s and it was breathtaking.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4921876.stm

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Gosh, that takes me back ...to 44 sdn at RAF Waddington. You knew when one of those was taking off! ...also the best plane to have to guard (on exercises) because you could shelter from the rain and snow under its huge wings [sigh].

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Never much been into planes but as a little imp I was taken to an air show somewhere or other, the only thing I remember other than long periods of boredom looking at various sized specs whizzing about in the sky is one of these taking off, it seemed somehow impossible that it could attain such an angle of accent for something that seemed so large.

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briski wrote:
it seemed somehow impossible that it could attain such an angle of accent for something that seemed so large.

Exactly! Pretty impressive!

I remember the same thing. All the aircraft doing their displays, people chatting away. Then the Vulcan takes off and does it's "sporty climb" thing and the whole crowd seemed to go silent!

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I remember going to an air show when they were testing 1 of the engines that would eventually be 1 of 4 that would power a new passenger aircraft that was yet to be built, CONCORD.

The Vulcan had the massive engine mounted under the centre of the fuselage. It flew in on it's own 4 engines, and then switched over to the other one in flight. Then the after burner lit up and it climbed vertically up into the sky, increasing speed all the time. Absolutely awesome display of power from that 1 engine.

It's a shame that currently neither of those planes are now flying
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DisinfectedBarfbag wrote:

The Vulcan had the massive engine mounted under the centre of the fuselage. It flew in on it's own 4 engines, and then switched over to the other one in flight. Then the after burner lit up and it climbed vertically up into the sky, increasing speed all the time. Absolutely awesome display of power from that 1 engine.

Wow! That sounds incredible! Laughing out loud

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Damn, you mean I could have had one in the back garden? Sad

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In the scheme of things that's quite a bargain.

Incidentally "sporty climb" is an excellent description Laughing out loud

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Quote:
Ollerenshaw told the BBC: "I'm not really sure why I bid for it..."

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You can imagine the scene:

(husband opens front door and comes in)

Husband: Hi dear, I'm home!
Wife: Oh hello love, did you get anything when you were out?
Husband: Errrm yes....
Wife: Oh no, not another model aeroplane!
Husband: Ermmm no....

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Just found some info and pics of the 'Concord' engine attached to a Vulcan here http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/903/index.htm

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Thanks for that link - very interesting photos. Obviously they were using it as a flying test bed for a few different engines including the Tornado's one.

I find it interesting how they came up with these sort of hybrids for testing and development. Apparently the "Bucnado" (Buccaneer with Tornado avionics etc) was absolutely brilliant in itself - better than the individual aircraft (which is amazing given how loved the bucaneer was).

Roy, this is your area of knowledge (another one!) comments?

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HellsBells wrote:
Roy, this is your area of knowledge (another one!) comments?

I was an avionics technician with particular expertise on Jaguars and Tornados, plus considerable experience on Hawks, Hunters, Wessex, Sea Kings and Hercs. I was involved with experimental avionics test-fits (final tests) on the first Tornados to enter service, but not on Buccaneers, and not on engine tests. I was based on front-line squadrons (i.e. with aircraft ready for action) whereas the sort of stuff you're talking about went on at MOD test establishments and second-line maintenance facilities.

I did my training on Lightenings, Victors and a few other old types, and I also used to repair the avionics kit on the Vintage Pair and the BofB Memorial Flight for a while.

There was a 'gate-guard' Vulcan at the training camp I was based at, which had had its engines removed and nose ballast fitted. Every time we had heavy snow - you guessed it - it sat on its tail with its nose high in the air! After a few winters, they chained it down.

Another similar experience was with a Lightening during the hurricane of '87. I was based at Manston in Kent (on Search & Rescue Sea Kings) and the engines had been removed from a Lightening by our hangar. I was on 24hr S&R duty 'that' night, and crawled flat to the floor as if clinging to a rock-face but through 90 degrees (a house brick slid past my head - most surreal) to find out why we could no longer see the Lightening that had been chained to the spot!

The aircraft was dozens of meters away by the perimeter fence, sunk almost to it's belly in the soft ground with broken chains on its undercarriage. Not one single tyre track led to the spot. The high winds (Manston recorded the fastest winds and our hangers formed a funnel effect) had literally picked the aircraft up, flown it backwards and dumped it by the fence. Another few yards and it would have been in someone's garden or bedroom!

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Shock Shock oh my god - that's amazing! The lightning wasn't exactly a small aircraft! One of my husband's ground instructors was an ex lightning pilot - he's got some amazing stories... That's another aircraft that makes the hairs on your neck stand up.

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Apparently Withams are selling off the Sea Harrier airframes for £15k each - that'd be a nice garden ornament!

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Hmm i'm not sure this was the regulation use for such a plane...

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Laughing out loud Laughing out loud That's brilliant!

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Cue the corny puns... :roll: Laughing out loud

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