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Celebrities want the Vulcan to keep flying

February 11, 2009

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Sir Richard Branson, Frederick Forsyth and Robin Gibbtrio have warned that the maintenance of the Cold War bomber is essential for encouraging design and innovation among young people.

They are suggesting that the Vulcan is included in an extended RAF Memorial flight.

Read the full article here. Alternatively, you could visit the vulcan website and make a contribution there to allow the Vulcan to remain flying without Government intervention.

Your support is needed

Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to see more

Andy
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The Dambusters, Ice Cold in Alex – The unforgetable films

February 9, 2009

I could not believe it.

The Daily Mail and Sunday Mail are giving away some of the most unforgetable films.

Take a look here

These films are part of our cinematic history and should be watched.

Andy Skinner

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Who are Teasin Tina and Lusty Lindy?

November 25, 2008

If you read my blogs, you should realise that these ladies must be planes.

Indeed, I am not one to dissapoint. However, these are not just any planes. These are the last two working Handley Page Victor K.Mk 2’s.

Teasin Tina

'Teasin Tina'

Many people write these lovely planes off as relics from the Falkland’s War. Planes that served a purpose at the time and were retired.

Wrong!

These planes actually continued service up until 1991, and were even active in the first Gulf War.

XM715 ‘Teasin Tina’ and XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’ are now the only two Victors in teh United Kingdom that are still in working order. Many people work hard to ensure these two beautiful planes are kept in good condition. Furthermore, they are maintained to such a level that they are able to undertake fast taxi runs.

Who knows, in the future we could see one flying again.

Visit the Yorkshire Air Museum, to see ‘Lusty Lindy’ and Bruntingthorpe for ‘Teasin Tina’

Andy

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Is this the end for a flying Vulcan?

September 12, 2008

With a heavy heart, I have to say that the future is not looking bright for XH558, the only flyign Vulcan in the world.

After a hard first year of flying, small teething problems and cancelled airshows, the coffers are running low and some sponsors are no longer able to supply funds.

Where does this leave our iconic aircraft?  Well unfortunately, it leaves her mothballed in the hanger.

This is not a future we had all intended for our glorious Delta Winged Lady.  The original plan was to breathe another 10 – 15 years of life into this cold war jet, providing our children the education of what has happened in the past and how design and technology raises to the challenges of the world problems.

The Vulcan, along with the other V bombers, were created to answer the cold war threat, a chance that a Nuclear War could occur.  The V bombers were designed to fly long distances and carry our Nuclear Deterant.  This was in the form of Blue Steel and Skybolt Nuclear missiles.

The Vulcan plans were always on standby, but luckily were never needed in the role they had trained for.  Ironically, the Vulcan’s were only called into war, when the Argentine invaded the Falkland Islands, and an audacious plan was created, using Vulcans, both bombers and fuel tankers, to attack the islands and return them to British control.

With this wealth of history, the Vulcan’s soon became a favourite of the airshow circuit, with the RAF maintaining two Vulcan’s for display purposes.  The spirit if the Vulcan lived on. However, even this had to end, with the Vulcan display team finally be disbanded and the last two Vulcan’s sold off.

Luckily XH558 was bought, with a plan to return her to flight, this dream was finally fulfilled this year.  Huge crowds flocked to hear the distinctive growl as the Vulcan finally took to the skies once more.

Now, the future looks dark.

But, in true British spirit, Never say Never!

The Vulcan could remain in the sky.  So far public support has been great, providing well needed funds to the cause.  But more is needed.  Each pound donated helps keep the dream alive.

You can help.  No matter what size of your donation.

To find out more, visit the Vulcan Trust site

Please help keep this lady flying, Don’t let the fate of Concorde befall the Vulcan.

Andy

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Vulcan Flies At Airshow For First Time Since 1992

July 9, 2008

The last Vulcan in an airworty condition has returned to the British airshow circuit by displaying at RAF Waddington at the weekend (5th – 6th July).

Not only did the crowd see the Vulcan displaying in a wonderful return solo flight, but it also took to the skies with the only airworthy Lancaster World War II bomber, as a tribute to Avro aircraft and a feast for the eyes for all who attended the event.

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Andy
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65 years on, we remember the Dambusters

May 16, 2008

A Lancaster bomber will fly three times over Derwent Reservoir in Derbyshire to commemorate the pilots and the planes of the famous Dambusters raid.

The reservoir was used as a training site by the pilots ahead of their attack on the German Dams.

In 1943, the RAF’s 617 Squadron set out to destroy three dams in Germany’s Ruhr valley. They managed to breach two, giving a boost to Britain’s war effort.

A service will also be held to remember the eight aircraft and 53 crew who were lost.

It will be held on top of the Derwent dam on Friday morning.

A Spitfire, a Hurricane, two Tornadoes and a Dakota transport plane will join the fly-past.  Also present will be Squadron Leader Les Munro, the last surviving pilot from the mission, Michael Gibson, whose uncle, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, led the Dambusters and 88-year-old Richard Todd, who played Mr Gibson in the 1954 film The Dambusters who will also lay poppies on the water of the reservoir.

The Dambusters raid was also famous for the specially designed bombs used to breach the dams.  These were designed and developed by Barnes Wallis, and were made to skip the water, much like a skimming stone, until they reached the dam, where they would sink and detonate at the base of the dam, causing the greatest damage.

Altogether 19 planes were dispatched on the raid, codenamed Operation Chastise.

Andy
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