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Sunday, May 20, 2012

You may think it's a long way to the chemist but that's just peanuts to Port Stanley

Just spotted this story on the BBC website. Funnily enough I've just finished reading Vulcan 607 by Rowland White, which is the story of the fist of the amazing Operation Black Buck air raids launched by the RAF on Port Stanley during the Falklands War.

Though the BBC didn't say, the Vulcan in the flypast was XH558, the only one still airworthy.

I grew up very familiar with Vulcans. My first RAF camp during my time in the Air Training Corps at school was at RAF Scampton, home to 617 Squadron (the Dambusters) and 27 Squadron, both flying nuclear-armed Vulcans (617 carried what we would now describe as air-launched cruise missiles, 27 just free-falling "buckets of sunshine"). Not only that, my family lived just a few miles from Woodford Aerodrome, where the Vulcans were built and refitted. Not many days went by without the thunder of Vulcan engines either under test or heaving a Vulcan aloft (in which case it often passed over our house). I can testify to the racket they make.

XM607 herself, incidentally, is now the gate guardian at RAF Waddington, the base from which she left for Ascension Island and then on to the Falklands. (And coincidentally, the scene of my second RAF camp with the ATC, though at that time Waddington operated Harrier jump-jets.)

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