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Post by Mike Bull » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:34 am

In-cockpit video of the Vulcan's final flight...


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Post by Mike Bull » Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:06 pm

TV reminder...
Following on from Guy’s Spitfire programme he will once again look to the sky in his next Channel 4 programme. 'Guy Martin's Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber' airs Sunday 29th November on Channel 4 at 19.30 hrs.

The last airworthy Vulcan bomber, XH558, flew for the final time to great fanfare in October of this year. This iconic plane played a pivotal role in protecting UK interests in the post-World War II era as the first nuclear deterrent, and was also responsible for the longest raid in British military history when it successfully attacked the Falkland Islands.

Mechanic Guy Martin has been given unprecedented access to the aircraft, helping a select group of engineers prepare it for an ambitious farewell tour around of Britain. He also gets the rare chance to fly alongside the plane in formation, as well as taking the controls to try and "wheelie" the 70 tonne aircraft along a runway.
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Post by Mike Bull » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:03 pm

...well that was absolutely fantastic, (Mega! Spot on! Spot on is that!) a great bit of telly following the Vulcan's final days, all in Guy's usual style. Some fantastic aerial footage of XH558, and interesting coverage of the engineering side; nice to see engineer Ray Watts featured too, with whom we shared a brew and some jaffa cakes when the BBP visited '558 in her hangar earlier in the year. (Indeed, at the time she was still up on the jacks that Guy then helped them lower her down from) The fast taxi in XM655 was fun, too!

As Guy said at the end- 'That's it'.

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Post by riding shotgun » Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:37 pm

Hi

For those of you who are interested, the reunion of giant two Lancaster DVD is now available, it's available from East Kirkby aviation centre or http://www.sonusmedia.co.uk.

Mine is on the way as I type.

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Post by Mike Bull » Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:02 pm

I have to wait for Santa to get my copy! Not long now though. Here's the trailer for it- looks great!


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Post by quicksilver-wsr » Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:59 am

Bomber fans will enjoy this piece about the B-52, published by the BBC today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33766644

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Post by Pullman99 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 1:49 pm

Not sure if this should belong in this thread or not...but the SRN4 Hovercraft have been mentioned here before.

The Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-the-Solent has been the home of the two SRN4s Princess Margaret and Princess Anne since they came out of service in 2000. Both powered by Bristol Proteus engines of course. I was not aware that the Hovercraft Museum Trust did not actually own them but it appears that the government body - the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) - that is redeveloping the complete site actually has possession of both craft and is intending to very quickly demolish them. Another piece of Britain's transport heritage under threat and one that has significant local connections too (the hovercraft story began in nearby Hythe). The Trust has launched an on-line petition to try to delay action and/or change the developer's mind and it looks as if they are trying to save one (Princess Anne) at least.

The BBC has produced this news story today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-35449474.

The museum's own website hasn't been updated for a while so it's a bit difficult understanding how long they've got but, hopefully, it will have some sort of sensible outcome. Not in the same league as saving the odd Titian for the nation I don't suppose...
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:36 pm

Yup - as typically short-sighted as we've come to expect. Surely there's a little aviation or vehicle museum nearby that will put one in a corner? Granted, they'd take a bit of moving but nothing is impossible. Has anyone asked the French if they'd like to preserve one? I presume they float OK when not under power. But modern-day people seem without motivation, common sense or the ability to organise anything unless there's an app for it or Facebollocks is involved.
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Post by rob565uk » Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:28 pm

Thanks - I just signed and the total stands at just over 11,000 signatures at this point. I hope this example of an all-British invention can be saved and preserved.

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