Avro Vulcan Bomber at the Bournemouth Airshow
The noise the Vulcan bomber produces with it's four engines is huge, It has been my favorite to watch at the airshow but it retired from airshows in 2015. Along with the Gloster meteor the Vulcan was the UK's first delta winged aircraft intoduced in 1956. At the Farnborough airshow the Avro Vulcan showed capable of maneuvares normally only fighter jets could do.
(Below: a close fly-past from the Bournemouth Airshow 2014)
(Below: The Avro vulcan showing it's maneuverability during the Bournemouth Airshow 2009)
The AV Roe & Co (Avro) Vulcan Hawker Sideley Aviation
Role: Strategic bomber, with either nuclear
bombs, nuclear missiles or conventional bombs, also used for flight
refuleling, crew: 5 (pilot, co-pilot, tactical
navigator, radar operator and electronics officer)
Maximum Speed: 625-645mph (mach .93 to mach .95 at altitude, cruising speed 567mph mach .86 at altitude), thrust/weight: 0.31
Range: 3910 miles to 4600 miles, service ceiling: 16 764 to 19 812m
Wingspan: 30.17-30.83m, length: 29.58-32.16m, height: 8.0m
First Flight: 1952, in Use with Royal Air Force: 1956-1984
Production Total: 136
The Vulcan served 28 years in Royal Air Force, as part of the nuclear deterrent, maritime reconancance and in flight refueling. It carried out successful bombing missions during operation black buck during the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.
Interestingly Argentina asked the UK for exports of the Vulcan bomber in 1981, they recieved a single vulcan. A year later requests for more were refused for fear of them being used against the Falkland Islands. Three months later Argentina Invaded the Falkland Islands.
(Below: An image showing the immense size of the Avro Vulcan)
See all images of the Avro Vulcan bomber from the gallery here
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