Memories of RAF Scampton

Personal memories from RAF Scampton, by Wing Commander Bill Ramsey Wing Commander Bill Ramsey, former OC RAFAT, BBMF Lancaster pilot and last captain of Vulcan XH558, shared some of his many memories from his time spent on arguably the RAF’s most famed operational base. Bill, it turns out, is the longest serving OC in Scampton’s […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 12

Every year at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield near Stratford on Avon the XM655 MaPS (Maintenance and Preservation Society) team of Vulcan enthusiasts who look after Vulcan XM655 hold their Wings and Wheels Open Day.  This annual occasion allows these enthusiasts to proudly show off their Vulcan aircraft to the public.  Most of you who read my […]

Confessions of an ex Armourer

Valiant Bomber 249 Squadron. Ejection Seat chain of events. I completed Boy Entrant training as an armourer at 16 years of age in 1960 and was posted to RAF Marham where there were squadrons of Valiants. It must have been difficult for the armament officer as I was still treated as a Boy Entrant and […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 11

It had been 30 years in the making but finally on Sunday May 20th SAMA (South Atlantic Medal Association) ‘unveiled’ the memorial wall at the National Memorial Arboretum dedicated to the fallen from the Falklands War in 1982.  Many thousands of invited guests were there to witness this very poignant event. As most of you will […]

A View from the Ground

Our thanks to Jeremy Lewarn who recalls his time in the RAF in this detailed article. My memories of the Vulcan start from when I first joined the RAF in 1971. I’m still not sure how, but a very good recruiting sergeant managed to persuade me to take a 2 year apprenticeship as a Craft Apprentice […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 10

The waiting was over. At last Taff Stone and his team of engineers had finished sufficient of the winter servicing schedule to enable XH558 to be taken for a test flight. All the hard work of his engineers and the funding provided by our faithful public was now going to be put to the test. Wednesday […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 9

Saturday 29th September, was the day of XH558’s final flight for 2012.  It was a day that, for those of us who fly the aircraft, was tinged with a certain amount of sadness. I’ve said many times before that we aircrew are never happier than when we have 558 strutting her stuff up where she […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 8

Barry Masefield was the Air Electronics Officer (AEO) for Vulcan XH558 and had flown in this iconic aircraft for over 30 years, also being a key member of the Vulcan Display Flight (VDF), the RAF Unit which memorably flew the aircraft on the Airshow circuit until September 1992. Barry was also a member of the crew that flew XH558 […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 7

Barry Masefield was the Air Electronics Officer (AEO) for Vulcan XH558 and had flown in this iconic aircraft for over 30 years, also being a key member of the Vulcan Display Flight (VDF), the RAF Unit which memorably flew the aircraft on the Airshow circuit until September 1992. Barry was also a member of the crew that flew XH558 […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 6

Barry Masefield was the Air Electronics Officer (AEO) for Vulcan XH558 and had flown in this iconic aircraft for over 30 years, also being a key member of the Vulcan Display Flight (VDF), the RAF Unit which memorably flew the aircraft on the Airshow circuit until September 1992. Barry was also a member of the crew that flew XH558 […]