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Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« on: December 01, 2015, 05:38:25 PM »

Surely I was not the only one who watched this Documentary on TV?.
When they showed the clip of the 1st one take off on its maiden flight I had Goosebumps all up my back and the hair on my neck stood up. You should still be able to see it on Catch up.

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2015, 05:46:08 PM »

I've recorded it. Really looking forward to watching it, I'm a fan of Guy Martin and his many adventures. Plus, the Vulcan...well, that speaks for itself really!
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2015, 06:24:17 PM »




 I didn't see this because I don't have a TV, but it must be an unusual person that fails to be impressed by the Vulcan. Working on it was sometimes 'awkward', when static it was imposing, when taking off, especially as it used to do when on a QRA alert back in the 1960s, or during a TACEVAL, it was simply awesome. Will always remember how one could feel everything and oneself shake as it rotated and roared upwards trailing 4 great clouds of brown smoke!
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2015, 06:55:55 PM »

I was present at an air display at RAF Waddington sometime in the 60's when six of them did a squadron scramble...or did they call it a stream takeoff? That's 24 Olympus engines, all on full power, pointing straight back at the runway. Nothing that even Jim Marshall could have contrived would have made that much noise!
My Mum loved it, bless her.
We were at Duxford last year and saw 558's display. The climb-out at about 60 at the end of the display was so thunderous that I shouted a very loud two-word expletive - and not a soul seemed to have heard it.
As the man says, awesome.
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2015, 07:04:53 PM »

It was a wonderful programme. Guy Martin was his usual self.

And amazing to realise that some of this was filmed just two weeks before his monumental at the Dundrod circuit on August 6th apparently though, some of the filming was shot after he discharged himself from hospital just days after the crash when he went back to work saying he was bored of just lying around all day.

And they still let him loose on the controls of a 70 odd ton Vulcan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxdm0_urUjw

what a man.

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2015, 07:05:26 PM »

Hi.
 I recorded and and watched the Guy Martin with the Vulcan, the Aircraft never fails to impress, Guy was the ideal person to present the show as he is genuinely interested if not over awed by the skills and dedication provided by the ground team also the men who fly theses wonderful British Aircraft.
I had the privilage of watching the Vulcan flying over Douglas Bay in the Isle of Man a number of years ago in a display that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, the sound of the engines when it went into a steep climb is something I will never forget, I still play the video that I took on that day.
So sad she has to be retired, but at least it and others will be able to be viewed at various sites for years to come.
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2015, 07:22:46 PM »

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2015, 07:38:46 PM »

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2015, 07:47:20 PM »

I was stationed at raf Waddington in the 60s  when one took off loverly  when two the married qrts  used to shake but boy could the vulcan  climb when on qra

 
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2015, 07:50:36 PM »

A flying work of art. Better even than the Italians or French can do in this case with a military aircraft.

Thanks for sharing:O)
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2015, 07:53:51 PM »

It's good to get close to the Vulcan... :-))
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2015, 08:07:58 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeL3LhrmeME

^^ a HUGE jet powered RC model XH558 Vulcan !!!
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2015, 08:33:02 PM »

Great programme but so sad never to be in the air again..

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2015, 09:19:10 PM »

I've recorded the programme and am looking forward to seeing it. I always enjoy Guy Martin's shows, he is so passionate about his subjects.


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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2015, 09:17:39 AM »

Hi all, feeling my years as I was trained on radar that was used in the Vulcan I only aspired to Canberras myself.  Got talking to a slightly older friend and found out he used to work on NBS (Navigation and bombing system) radar which was the heart of the electronics in the Vulcan.  You needed a small crane to get the equipment out for inspection.
I must say I am surprised the RAF has not tahen the Vulcan into the Memorial flight as she was/is an Icon in her own right and followed on from the role of the Lancaster.  Also the Vulcan could evade most fighters when at high altitude as well, so you would not need the jet equivalent of the Spitfire and Hurricane.

( I still think the Meteor NF14 was quite a machine).

On the other hand I did fancy being a pilot in V bombers and it was not until recently I read a book, a slightly fictionalised account of experiences doing just that, that I realised what a lucky escape I had.  (I got through the RAF testing procedure but was told there were no vacancies!)
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #15 on: December 02, 2015, 11:58:05 AM »

It's just flown down the Mersey heading NW - I thought it was now grounded?

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2015, 12:15:24 PM »

Hi all, feeling my years as I was trained on radar that was used in the Vulcan I only aspired to Canberras myself.  Got talking to a slightly older friend and found out he used to work on NBS (Navigation and bombing system) radar which was the heart of the electronics in the Vulcan.  You needed a small crane to get the equipment out for inspection.
I must say I am surprised the RAF has not tahen the Vulcan into the Memorial flight as she was/is an Icon in her own right and followed on from the role of the Lancaster.  Also the Vulcan could evade most fighters when at high altitude as well, so you would not need the jet equivalent of the Spitfire and Hurricane.

( I still think the Meteor NF14 was quite a machine).

On the other hand I did fancy being a pilot in V bombers and it was not until recently I read a book, a slightly fictionalised account of experiences doing just that, that I realised what a lucky escape I had.  (I got through the RAF testing procedure but was told there were no vacancies!)
regards Roy


 Even luckier escape not to have been a rear seat occupant in the Vulcan if things went curly with the aeroplane --- you were supposed to climb down the lowered nose leg and parachute to safety {:-{
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2015, 12:23:20 PM »

I seem to remember one of the early Victors had landing gear failure and the poor sod in the compartment underneath could not get out.... it was case a case of I'm sorry old chap there's nothing that can be done about it, so cheerio and all the best!

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2015, 02:10:53 PM »

It's just flown down the Mersey heading NW - I thought it was now grounded?

LB

Seriously, Did you get a picture ?. 

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2015, 02:47:43 PM »

Hello,

I saw a Vulcan flying North, on the East side of the M5, over the Cotswolds, near Stroud, in early October.
Flying very low, 6 or 7 hundred feet, gear up.
I too thought it was grounded !!.

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2015, 02:51:00 PM »

Hello,

I saw a Vulcan flying North, on the East side of the M5, over the Cotswolds, near Stroud, in early October.
Flying very low, 6 or 7 hundred feet, gear up.
I too thought it was grounded !!.

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2015, 03:04:56 PM »

Hello,

Just checked the dates, it was the afternoon of the 10th of October.
The plane was flying North, about a mile east of the M5.
Lots of other folk there saw it too.

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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2015, 03:14:21 PM »

It's just flown down the Mersey heading NW - I thought it was now grounded?

LB
I think that was a VC10 tanker , saw it from New Brighton . . .
Had the high tailplane & in grey , another fine aircraft the political NASTIES saw the end of . . .
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #23 on: December 02, 2015, 03:17:58 PM »

My first posting (early 1960's) in the RAF as an aircraft instrument fitter was to RAF Scampton 617 Sqdn (Dambusters).
The Vulcans were all white then and changed to camouflaged when the cold war was about to start.
I had five very happy years on the squadron and enjoyed quite a few visits with them to foreign parts where they gave flying displays.
I was one of the few ground crew who had the opportunity to fly in a Vulcan, we flew to a Gardermoen in Norway for a display.
Happy days
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Re: Guy Martin and the Vulcan Bomber.
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2015, 03:28:01 PM »

Hello,
About 35 years ago, I made a scale model Slope Soarer of the Vulcan.
Four feet wingspan, full radio control of Flaps and ailerons.
As a plane to fly it was terrific, it would fly in a full Gale, or skim along the heather in next to no Wind !!.
When I started building boats, it was sold to a model Shop in Manchester.
Will look for some photos.

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