The Vulcan yesterday, it’s not all bad news

The restored Vulcan bomber flew on it’s test flight from RAF Cottesmore yesterday.  As reported, she suffered a set back with the landing gear doors not retracting.

Well other than this, it would appear even this is not classed as a serious fail, and the lads at Bruntingthorpe do not seem disheartened.  In fact there would appear to still be a positive buzz.

It was nice last nice to login and view the Vulcan safely back in her hanger after having to sleep outside at RAF Cottesmore for the last few days.  In fact, one of the guys at The Vulcan Operating Company joked about the landing gear door failing, reporting it might have been because she was left out in the cold. It made me laugh and it shows british humour at its best, no matter what the problem, we can still laugh.

As expected, lots of fans and enthusiasts lined both airfields to see the only flying Vulcan operate, even under test conditions.  Within a few hours of the testing, youtube, the video sharing website, had a number of video clips from the public.  In addition to all this, the BBC reported on the take off.

To be fair to you all and to save doing a few posts, i’ve attached two youtube videos which sum up the days activities.  One is the BBC story, the second is from a watcher, who clearly show the landing gear door not retracting.

Video 1

Video 2

As you will see from the second video, the door is left open, this does not affect the plane, but the tests were cut short to ensure the door did not get stressed or break off.

The final test will continue in the near future and then the display test, where the plane will undergo the display movements which it would do so at an airshow, so that the CAA can certify the plane is safe to perform.  Once done the plane will be free to perform.  Me personally, I am holding out for Biggin Hill, where she is pre-booked to fly once tests are completed as its very close to me, plus they have a spectacular world war II display of spitfires and hurricanes with a mock bomb and scramble display.

To learn more, visit The Vulcan Operating Company website and please join and donate.

Andy
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