Date: 27 Aug 99 03:08:06 From: felton@Princeton.EDU (Phil. G. Felton) Organization: Princeton University References: 1 2 3 4 5 6
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In article <airliners.1999.851@ohare.Chicago.COM>, firstname.lastname@example.org (David W Guest) wrote: > The Vulcan did not go out of service until the mid 80's - their first > active service was the Falklands War. The nuclear deterent task was > relinquished a long time ago (late 60's?) when the submarines took > over. I think Vulcans had a nuclear capability until they were > retired. Yes, I recall doing a consultancy job on an RAF base in England and seeing Vulcans distributed around the airfield. At a certain time they started up their engines but stayed on the ground, I was told that it was part of the readiness procedure (the UK only had a 4 minute warning time). This would be early 80's. Phil. > It's not right to compare the Vulcan and B52 'cos the mission > requirements were very different but I will never forget a Mildenhall > display at which both appeared. The B52 was almost out of site as it > did it's fly-by's and turns and I think the Vulcan probably didn't > leave the airfield perimeter except for landing (and then not by > much!). The Vulcan was an amazing aircraft to see displayed "hard". I'll never forget seeing one fly up a valley in mid-Wales, I was on top of the hill and the Vulcan was below me! The noise as it powered up out of the end of the valley was most impressive.