jonc45
jonc45

Avro Vulcan in high speed turn to port

taken at Dawlish air show, one of the last venues for this aircraft which will be grounded at the end of summer 2015.
The Avro Vulcan (officially) Hawker ...
Read more

taken at Dawlish air show, one of the last venues for this aircraft which will be grounded at the end of summer 2015.
The Avro Vulcan (officially) Hawker Siddeley Vulcan from July 1963) is a jet-powered delta wing, strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A.V. Roe and Company (Avro) designed the Vulcan in response to Specification B.35-46. Of the three “V bombers” produced, the Vulcan was considered the most technically advanced and hence the riskiest option. Several scale aircraft, designated Avro 707, were produced to test and refine the delta wing design principles.
The Vulcan B.1 was first delivered to the RAF in 1956; deliveries of the improved Vulcan B.2 started in 1960. The B.2 featured more powerful engines, a larger wing, an improved electrical system and electronic countermeasures (ECM); many were modified to accept the “Blue Steel” missile. As a part of the V-force, the Vulcan was the backbone of the United Kingdom’s airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War. Although the Vulcan was typically armed with nuclear weapons, it was capable of conventional bombing missions, a capability which was used in “Operation Black Buck” during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982.
The Vulcan had no defensive weaponry, initially relying upon high-speed high-altitude flight to evade interception. Electronic countermeasures were employed by the B.1 (designated B.1A) and B.2 from circa 1960. A change to low-level tactics was made in the mid-1960s. In the mid-1970s nine Vulcans were adapted for maritime radar reconnaissance operations, re-designated as B.2 (MRR). In the final years of service six Vulcans were converted to the K.2 tanker configuration for aerial refuelling.
Since retirement by the RAF one example, B.2 XH558, named "The Spirit of Great Britain" has been restored for use in display flights and air shows, whilst two other B.2s, XL426 and XM655, are kept in taxiable condition for ground runs and demonstrations at London Southend Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield respectively.
Read less

Views

143

Likes

Awards

Top Choice
barbaranelson EdWoodsonPhotography winnerslens31 Garry-2000
Superb Composition
WalfordWatkins pamrogers calmas5 Cobber
Peer Award
rachelurlich Hoy123bass mariocirinaph
Absolute Masterpiece
charlesdpeters
All Star
BeccaLynn
Superior Skill
mohansiri
Magnificent Capture
snoop2424

Categories


Same photographer See all

Discover more photos See all