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(Daily Mail)   The last Vulcan bomber, a crucial weapon for England in the 1982 Falkland Islands war, remains flying. It is pretty Vulcan amazing   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 64
    More: Interesting, Falkland Islands, A Vulcan, Falklands War, RAF, England, Britain, South Yorkshire, Cold War  
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2013-06-09 07:21:21 AM  
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Black Buck complicated? Nah!

(But it did delay the Argies a capability to strike at the British task force from the Falklands...)
 
2013-06-09 07:50:19 AM  

TV's Vinnie: We have a Vulcan at the Nebraska Strategic Air and Space Museum (there used to be an active RAF squadron based at Offutt AFB in Omaha, and when they were pulled back to the UK, they donated a Vulcan). It has a both retro and futuristic look to it. Amazing that it's an airframe as old as our B-52s.



Trivia Note: During the Falklands conflict, Vulcans flew out from US airbases to do air recon over the islands and relay the data to the approaching Royal task force. This Vulcan in particular is most likely an actual relic from that war.

BONUS: You Tube video of this bomber when it was still flying:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K93BqKvRpc


I sat in the cockpit of that Vulcan.

It will always be the SAC museum to me.
 
2013-06-09 10:25:12 AM  

xaks: The A-10 and SR-71 are pinnacles of engineering and utter badassery in aeronautics. Unmatched even now.


XB-70?
 
2013-06-09 10:45:05 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: xaks: The A-10 and SR-71 are pinnacles of engineering and utter badassery in aeronautics. Unmatched even now.

XB-70?


Perhaps if the Valkyrie had actually made it to production and entered active service. As a start. Then gone on to unmatched capability at its designed function *even when the enemy knows it is there and how it works*.

The XB-70 would qualify for a 'participation' ribbon, at best. Nice idea that never made it.
 
2013-06-09 10:59:54 AM  

LibertyHiller: There were five Black Buck missions, and two more which were scrubbed. Although they didn't shut down air ops, the first one encouraged the Argies to move fighter resources north to protect BA, away from the Falklands theatre. As well, it may have led to Belgrano stumbling across Conqueror, and you know how that turned out, right?


It took the British three torpedoes to do what the Japanese couldn't do with four (and four or five bombs, depending on the reliability of Kudo Butai AARs).
 
2013-06-09 11:23:56 AM  
This article seems highly illogical.
 
2013-06-09 11:45:00 AM  

UNC_Samurai: LibertyHiller: There were five Black Buck missions, and two more which were scrubbed. Although they didn't shut down air ops, the first one encouraged the Argies to move fighter resources north to protect BA, away from the Falklands theatre. As well, it may have led to Belgrano stumbling across Conqueror, and you know how that turned out, right?

It took the British three torpedoes to do what the Japanese couldn't do with four (and four or five bombs, depending on the reliability of Kudo Butai AARs).


And the torpedo the Royal Navy used was a WWII era one. The Mk8 actually entered service in 1925.
 
2013-06-09 11:51:35 AM  

FlippityFlap: AirForceVet

I grew up going to Aerofest at Bergstrom. It was amazing. Saw an A-10 do one of the craziest things I have ever seen a plane do to this day.


/bout 87


the air national guard used the lake i grew up next to as their training area for simulating bombing/strafing runs. the A-10 guys were freaking nuts, but it was always awesome as a kid when they came through. 40 feet off the water, doing barrel rolls, waving to people on shore. the f-16 guys were always boring, way up in the air just pretending to shoot stuff and being all professional
 
2013-06-09 12:02:09 PM  

xaks: Perhaps if the Valkyrie had actually made it to production and entered active service.


Well that's got little to do with engineering badassery. Six turbines, Mach 3+, compression lift and folding wingtips aren't enough for you? :) It wasn't some paper fantasy, two were built.
 
2013-06-09 02:13:52 PM  
IIRC, when we realised the Valkyrie was a mistake we accidently allowed the Russians to swipe the plans and learn the same for themselves.
 
2013-06-09 02:34:15 PM  
Oh, my favourite aircraft by a mile. It was designed sixty years ago and still looks like it's fallen out of a wormhole from the future. Stealthy too (by accident of design). Farking wonderful aircraft. In 1961 the USAF invited the RAF to have a go at penetrating the DEW line in Operation Skyshield. Two squadrons to Vulcans, impersonating Soviet bombers, flew in from Labrador and Bermuda, sliced through NORAD and "nuked" the eastern seaboard of the USA, which was swarming with fighters. Glorious. When new fighters and big SAMs gained enough performance to shoot them down at high altitude they switched to nap-of-the-earth low level flying and excelled in that too. It was the development of look-down shoot-down radar that did for them.
 
2013-06-09 02:39:11 PM  

spawn73: "Vulcan bombers were tactically vital in the 1982 Falklands War"

Uh no, they were completely irrelevant, and only used once to bomb a landing field on the Falkland islands as a publicity stunt. Kinda to show that the UK was on the way.

Either the author of the article is lying or a complete moron.


Actually they put a hole in the runway at Stanley which prevented the Argentines operating fast jets like the deadly Mirage, this was a considerable blow.
 
2013-06-09 05:50:28 PM  
Lovely craft. Now if someone could do the same thing with Concorde, I would be well pleased.
 
2013-06-09 06:27:18 PM  
I took this last year at RIAT Fairford. XH558, you beauty...

i.imgur.com
 
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