English Electric Canberra and the Rolls-Royce Avon Engine

If you were driving southbound between Doncaster and Stratford-upon-Avon (A1, A46, M1 and A46) on Tuesday 24 May, you may have spotted the Vulcan to the Sky Trust van moving a Rolls-Royce Avon engine to our stores. The Axial Flow Turbojet Rolls-Royce Avon Mk109 engine was purchased by the Trust, along with Canberra WK163, in 2016. This […]

1982 – 1992 – The beginning of the end


No. 27 Squadron flew the last Scampton Vulcan Sortie on the 31st March 1982, disbandment day, and handed over the maritime reconnaissance role to the Nimrod fleet. The running down process had first claimed 230 OCU in August 1981, closely followed by No. 617 Squadron in December and No. 35 in February 1982. Waddington was […]

The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 3

Rolls-Royce and others become involved… In January 1940, Whittle had met Dr. Stanley Hooker of Rolls-Royce, who in turn introduced Whittle to Rolls-Royce board member and manager of their Derby factory, Ernest Hives (later Lord Hives). Hooker was in charge of the supercharger division at Rolls-Royce Derby and was a specialist in the mathematics of […]

Falklands War 1982: The Effects of Operation Black Buck

2022 is the 40th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict and the audacious Black Buck missions carried out by the Royal Air Force. On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands. Britain began to assemble a task force. The RAF had been researching the possibility of carrying out a long-range bombing campaign with Vulcans using […]

1970 – 1982 – Tactical Roles


Following the transfer of the strategic deterrent role to the Royal Navy’s Polaris fleet, on 30th June 1969, the RAF maintained three nuclear-capable Vulcan wings with different weaponry, and accordingly different standard of aircraft. The Scampton Vulcans were designated B Mk.2A as they had provision for Blue Steel. The Cottesmore aircraft had B Mk.2s armed […]

The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 2

In January 1936, when the Power Jets company was created, Henry Tizard, the rector of Imperial College London and chairman of the Aeronautical Research Committee (ARC), had prompted the Air Ministry’s Director of Scientific Research to ask for a write-up of the design. The report was once again passed on to their technical representative, Griffith, […]

1966 – 1969 – Evolution of the V-bomber

A complete change in the role of the V- Bomber came about during 1963, when it became clear that in the absence of a long- range stand-off weapon any attack, if it were to succeed, would have to be at low level under the radar, and the V-Bombers began to appear in a new camouflage […]

The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 1

In March 2019, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust were privileged to organise a special evening in the wonderful surroundings of Gatwick Aviation Museum. The guest speaker was Ian Whittle, son of Sir Frank Whittle – the greatest aero-engineer of the twentieth century. Ian gave a presentation on his father’s childhood and the influence early […]

The Birth of the Avro Vulcan

On Saturday 30 August 1952, history was made as Avro Type 698, VX770, took to the sky for the first time. It was the prototype for the Avro Vulcan and the birth of this iconic aircraft. While known as Type 698 at the time of the first flight, the aircraft was named Vulcan days later […]

A Brief History of the Falkland Islands

On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands. It was the beginning of a ten-week conflict that ended with the Argentines surrendering on 14 June and the islands returning back to British control. 2022 marks 40 years since the conflict and the audacious Operation Black Buck raids carried out by the RAF. Operation Black […]