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24 hour Vulcan Scramble

February 4, 2009
Help Save XH558

Help Save XH558

Father and Son, Robert and Steven Lowe, from Newark on Trent, have conceived a brilliant way of raising funds to help keep the Vulcan, XH558 flying.

The father and Son team, who will be accompanied by crew chief Taff Stone, have set themselves the target of visiting all 15 exisiting Vulcan airframes in and around the country within a 24 hour period.

They would be starting at East Fortune at 00.01 with XM597.

They will be joined on different legs by surprise guests and staged events to encourage them on their way.

Fellow club members will be acting as coordinators at each location, liaising with the museums involved, creating a presence on the day to welcome the team, as they stop by to change drivers, snap a picture and carry on with their challenge. Supporters will help explain the event and our plight to all the visitors, backed up with promotional posters and leaflets explaining the Pledge fund and the many ways people can help save the aircraft. With 850+ miles to cover, 18 hour 50 minutes journey time, it only leaves 15 minutes spare at each location – and that does not allow for traffic.

The time remaining, progress details and pledges or donations received, will be updated for all to see, together with links to partake in sponsoring of the event.

On the day, a central control room at Bruntingthorpe, “Scramble HQ” will track the team and give updated details as they progress along the route. Staff there will process Pledges collected en-route and enter onto the on-line system. You will be able to watch the progress of this event, add additional sponsorship or pledges and see the results as they happen. Official collecting tins and any donations received on the day will be added to the running total.

At all times, speed limits will be observed. It is the challenge and raising of public interest in XH558 that most appeals to the team.

By the early hours of Monday 23rd February, the club aim to have not only raised a significant level of interest, but a not too insignificant level of further funding!

But why should the public help keep this plane flying?

XH558 is the only airworthy Vulcan in the world. Restored to flight after nearly 15 years at a cost of £7million. She now faces grounding forever, unless an additional £750,000 can be raised in February enabling funds for another full air show season. Last year, she appeared in front of over 1.5 million people.
She inspires immense pride in all who see her. A full education programme is built around her, not only telling the story of the cold war era, but the value of science and technology in inspiring future engineers.
She was the “mother of concorde” – Can you help us save this iconic British Aircraft?


Were the moon landings faked?

December 3, 2008

A keep hearing more and more people making comments about Man’s triumphant return to the moon.  However, I am really curious about if we ever did land on the moon.

Some issues still worry me.

Why did so many NASA Moonscape photos have non parallel shadows? sceptics will tell you because there is two sources of light on the Moon – the Sun and the Earth… That maybe the case, but the shadows would still fall in the same direction, not two or three different angles and Earth shine would have no effect during the bright lunar day (the time at which the Apollo was on the Moon).?

Why did one of the stage prop rocks have a capital “C” on it and a ‘C’ on the ground in front of it?

Who would dare risk using the Lunar Module on the Moon when a simulated Moon landing was never tested?

If the Rover buggy had been moving in one-sixth gravity, then it would have required a twenty foot width in order not to have flipped over on nearly every turn.  Yet the Rover had the same width as ordinary small cars.?

If the fabric space suits had a crotch to shoulder zip.  There should have been leakage of air.?

Let me know your thoughts.  Lets build a good list of positive and negative points, and really discuss this.


United Kingdom to join the Euro

December 1, 2008

Shocking headline for many, but more and more Europeans are convinced that the UK will join the Euro in the next two years.

Somehow, I cannot see this myself.  We are in an economic meltdown, with the only thing standing between the people and a huge black hole is the independent Bank of England and the ability to decide our own interest rates and currency.

However, those currently in power would seem to be investigating this.

To me this is crazy, this is almost as crazy as selling all our gold reserves at rock bottom prices (to aid our meeting of EU targets).  What this would in effect do, is to sell off our country at a rock bottom price.  The pound would be tagged to the Euro at the current rate of €1.19 rather than the €1.49 or more it was often tagged at in the last five years.

I cannot see how this would assist our country or improve our flagging economy.

Perhaps I cannot see the whole picture.  I hope this is the case.



November 13, 2008

Oh dear, not only has the world gone crazy since the Americans elected the first official mixed race president (of course I refer to the fact that everyone on the planet is mixed race, if you look back far enough), but there are more and more people trying to cash in on the fact.

Africa Safaris have announced a new safari based on the heritage of President elect Obama.

Click here

When will people realize that the individual counts more than the race, religion, creed or colour.

If they don’t understand this, perhaps I need to start calling myself Viking / Norman hybrid or something.


Support Vulcan XH558 – We need your help

November 5, 2008

After a year of ups and downs, but a year that saw the only flying Vulcan grace the skies, the Vulcan Trust now need more money to ensure that this delta lady will continue to fly.

The importance of the Vulcan is not just as a memorial to the role she played in the Royal Air Force, but also as a learning tool for future generations when it comes to design and technology.

A petition to the prime minister has been created, please show your support and sign up.



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.




I’m Back

September 3, 2008

Hiya all

I’ve been really busy chasing the Vulcan and just generally busy in real life so I have skipped my virtual blog life.

However, I am back and champing at the bit for some fun

Let find some good Concorde, Vulcan and other fun on the web



M20 and Operation stack

May 22, 2008

Well, i’ve had to scoot around a load of lorries today, especially the ones sneaking off at junction 11 to try and sneak into Dover via the back roads.

However, I’ve spoken to Seafrance today, regarding my early Saturday morning crossing and they believe that after todays workers strike and the fishermen gradually returning to their nets, the crossing on Saturday should be ok and running as per timetable.

Well, if that’s the French bit sorted, let’s hope mother nature decides to hold in the rain and storms till after I have crossed the channel eh!!

A note on the sour side though, the French fishermen were on strike about the cost of diesel and how if affects their livelihood.  Now on first look, you would accept that times are hard, and our fishermen should go for some sort of assistance and not blame them at all.

However, when you look more closely and you find that the fishermen had already received a economic grant to be spread over three years,  and in fact they are striking because they want it sooner.  You really begin to get annoyed, especially when it’s usually European money (i.e our money) that is given to the French fishermen, to keep them in a job and undermine the British fishermen, with the money we contribute.!! Now that is wrong.

Our Government should fight to get our fishermen discounts on fuel, or we should seal our borders from French and Spanish fishermen, scooping up our managed stocks whereas for years, they took all the fish, even the baby ones, and said they were cultural national dishes.

Well done Boris

May 2, 2008

Well done Boris for pulling it off in London.

Now at least London can pull its way away from the last 11 years of running at angles and start making at leat the capital great again.  Maybe the rest of the country will take note.

Now, I will be watching to ensure the iconic double decker buses are returned, and as a smoker I will be interested to see what is said about being allowed to smoke indoors at a pub.  (Remember Boris did say he was a non smoker and did not like it, but smokers should be allowed indoors under certain circumstances, well, lets have a vote or install some form of licencing, eh!).

The nexr part is to ensure Labour run the Olympic planning well so another pair of eyes which are not red  or red influenced will be great.

Now some public campaigns should also be started whilst we are on a role:-

Smoking in pubs
Routemaster buses back on London routes
Well planned Olympics

Finally, a air display planned for the Olympics to display english air greats as an opening act.

These planes should be

The Concorde (british and french design and still the best)
The Vulcan (test bed for the Concorde and still arguably the best bomber)
The Harrier
The Lancaster Bomber
The Spitfire
The Huricane
The Nimrod (the Nimrod would represent the first jet, Only the nirod remains as the military version, but this was the first British passenger jet)
The red arrows (of course)


Come on Boris!!

May 2, 2008

The rest of the country is waking up blue, the main focus now will be can Boris pull it off in London.

At least if he does we will not have to worry about the Olympic games being another Labour Farce, as the mayor is allowed to get involved directly.

Boris will also be able to lend support to David for the general election.

Next we need Boris to fullfil his pledges on the routemaster buses, adn then start on a campaign to get Concorde back to the public, and perhaps flying at displays and maybe the olympics.  They have the Vulcan practically flying now, and she was grounded for 14 years.

Come on Boris