AVRO Vulcan

The Avro Vulcan is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1956 until 1984.

The Vulcan had no defensive weaponry, initially relying upon high-speed high-altitude flight to evade interception. Electronic countermeasures were employed by the B.1 (designated B.1A) and B.2 from circa 1960. A change to low-level tactics was made in the mid-1960s. In the mid 1970s nine Vulcans were adapted for maritime radar reconnaissance operations, redesignated as B.2 (MRR). In the final years of service six Vulcans were converted to the K.2 tanker configuration for aerial refuelling. Since retirement by the RAF one example, B.2 XH558, named "The Spirit of Great Britain" has been restored for use in display flights and air shows, whilst two other B.2s, XL426 and XM655, are kept in taxiable condition for ground runs and demonstrations at London Southend Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield respectively.

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Vulcan]

Recordings

AVRO Vulcan XH558

AVRO Vulcan operated by Vulcan to the Sky Trust displaying at Gransden 28th August 2012 - a big noise at a small airfield! This sound recording captures a flypast and full power pull away once past the crowd.

XH558 was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service ending her carreer between 1986 and 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan. Restoration of XH558 began in August 2005 and finally flew again on 18th October 2007.

http://www.vulcantothesky.org

 

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AVRO Vulcan XH558 July 2015

AVRO Vulcan operated by Vulcan to the Sky Trust displaying at Old Warden in July 2015. This is the entire display from one of the last ever appearences of this aircraft.

XH558 was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service ending her carreer between 1986 and 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan. Restoration of XH558 began in August 2005 and finally flew again on 18th October 2007.

http://www.vulcantothesky.org

Click for AVRO Vulcan XH558 July 2015 sound recording page