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I saw the Vulcan displaying at Newark a few weeks ago and it did pretty much the same manoeuvre.

It was doing its round-the-country thing - this being the Saturday - so it didn't land, having flown straight in from displaying at East Midlands Airport, then heading directly onward to display at Finningley/Robin Hood, but the display this time around was certainly more spirited and reminiscent of the displays of old.

It was sad at the end though to watch it shrink to a dot in the distance and disappear.

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The difference this time around, of course, is that when she's finally grounded, that will be it ... forever!

Funnily enough, we (my lass and I) went to Newark at the very last minute, as I was going to give it a miss, but with only little more than an hour before it was due to display, I rang her and said let's go over there to see it.

It really was going to be a last goodbye, and that's why I watched it disappearing to a little dot in the distance, but then when we were driving away after seeing it, we sort of mulled it over and said we'd see if there was one more chance to see it again before the final curtain falls.

That's the trouble. Until it's finally grounded for good and there's no choice, I still find myself factoring-in a chance of one more look.

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There's still plans to ground-run and taxi her for future generations so she won't be completely dead but things just won't be the same. We've all just about got used to a flying Vulcan again.
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Great video - I love the shadows on the ground at 2:31 - 2:35 (bottom LHS corner). Great precision flying.

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Sadden by the fatal accident involving a member of The Heritage Aircraft Trust/Gnat Display Team today, I'm still trying to make sense of this remark from an "aviation expert", quoted on the BBC News website ...

"Aviation expert Julian Bray said the type of Gnat plane involved in the crash had been around since 1955.

He said: 'They had great ideas for these little aircraft but they didn't quite make it. The RAF did use them for training purposes but never for display purposes. They went with another variant. They sold theirs on, mainly.

'The Heritage Trust has got some of these and they do these displays.' "


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And as The Yellowjacks before this, of course.

The whole slant of what this guy said was negative and misleading.

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I was amazed to see a Gnat fly over my house after the Sunderland airshow last week. First one l'd seen in many a year. And now one has been destroyed. A real shame.
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In most reports, they've been saying "the plane was performing a stunt when ..."

The BBC today is a shadow of its former self. Years ago, it would have been an authoritative figure doing the reporting on something like this - the BBC's own Air Correspondent, Reg Turnill, more than likely.

Now it's airheads.

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Unfortunately these days speed is more important than accuracy. Plus the website side of things isn't staffed as strongly as the TV and Radio side. Its not just the BBC however, all generalist press has 'dumbed down and thinned out', getting rid of specialist corespondents in general.
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I have to say that in the years I've been doing this I've watched the standard of reporting decline markedly. Most reporters nowadays seem to be about twelve years old and care nothing for the subject. What's most annoying is that these days everyone had a widget in their pocket that can dish up a wealth of research in minutes yet they never seem to even get the basics down before the stupid questions begin.
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