An interview with Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown on the first jet landing on an aircraft carrier

Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown is credited with over 2,400 carrier landings (no one else has come close) as well as being the holder of numerous ‘firsts’. He made the first landings on an aircraft carrier of a twin-engine aircraft, an aircraft with a tricycle under carriage, a jet aircraft, and a rotary-winged aircraft. The de Havilland Mosquito was […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 5

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 […]

Falklands War 1982: Black Buck Six – Rio de Janeiro Diversion

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. Operation Black Buck was a series of seven ambitious long-distance ground-attack missions conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) […]

The Home of the V-bomber – RAF Finningley

Header image | source: globalaviationresource.com For the first few years after her return to flight in 2007, Vulcan XH558 operated from a number of bases including Bruntingthorpe, RAF Waddington, RAF Brize Norton and RAF Lyneham. Bruntingthorpe, where her restoration took place, was unsuitable for regular flight operations. The runway was used as a vehicle test […]

Operating a Four-engine Jet Aircraft is an Expensive Business

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) is often asked “where has all the money gone?” The simple answer is “Operating a four-engine jet aircraft is an expensive business and all money donated and generated through sales of merchandise at events and through our online channels goes towards the work of the Trust, with looking […]

Cold War Memories – Bomber Box

Recollections from Headquarters 1 Group RAF Bawtry Hall, RAF Finningley and the Bomber Box. Although I worked for the General Post Office (GPO) or BT as it became, most of my working life was spent on attachment to the RAF, working at HQ 1 Group RAF Bawtry, RAF Finningley, RAF Lindholm and RAF Northern Radar. […]

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 4

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 […]

Recollections from Headquarters RAF Bomber Command 1959 – 1961

In March 1959 I was posted to Headquarters Bomber Command (HWBC) at High Wycombe. At the time I was a Flight Lieutenant Navigator with a permanent commission and a specials signals qualification. (Having completed a year’s course at RAF Technical College on Radio and Radar). I knew nothing about Bomber Operations, my operational experience being […]

Why Vulcan to the Sky and XH558 matter to Doncaster – Steve Liddle

XH558 was the Royal Air Force’s last flying Vulcan, retired in 1992 and returned to the air by VTST in 2007. Until her final grounding in 2015, she was seen and enjoyed by millions. From 2011 onwards, XH558 operated from Doncaster Sheffield Airport – her former home base of RAF Finningley. With her massive profile, […]

Bob Tracey Recalls

Bob Tracey was a Club member and was a hangar volunteer during the restoration. (This article was originally published in The Vulcan Magazine – Summer 2008) All of my service in the RAF from 1953 to 1977 was during the Cold War period. I joined as a Boy Entrant u/t engine mechanic at Cosford in […]