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The mighty Vulcan

PUBLISHED: 13:58 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 19:59 05 July 2010

THE Auro Vulcan MRB2 can not by any stretch of the imagination be defined as a fighter, as reported in The Journal (February 29).

It was designed to perform solely in the bomber role as it did so spectacularly at Port Stanley in 1982.

THE Auro Vulcan MRB2 can not by any stretch of the imagination be defined as a fighter, as reported in The Journal (February 29).

It was designed to perform solely in the bomber role as it did so spectacularly at Port Stanley in 1982.

On their outstanding Black Buck operations Vulcans became the second of the RAF's V-bomber trio to drop bombs in anger; the first being the Vickers Valiant in 1956 in Operation Musketeer, the Suez War.

The Vulcan that flew the first Black Buck mission is preserved at its home base RAF Waddington. It can be seen on the airfield alongside the A15 Sleaford to Lincoln road.

Unfortunately it is not under cover and exposed to the elements as it is; one can only fear for its long term survival.

It will most certainly never fly again but it remains as a memorial to the achievement of the bomber and its aircrew and also of the 11 Victor K2 tanker aircraft that were required to make possible the Vulcan's epic flight from Ascension Island to the Falklands and back.

The Vulcan's dramatic part in the Falklands campaign is well documented in several sources; particularly in Rowland White's Vulcan 607.

As for the mighty Vulcan and the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival … let's keep our fingers crossed for next year on that one.

I shall be there this year anyway as a fully paid up friend.

GEOFF DANN

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Carlton Colville

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