1970 – 1982 – Tactical Roles

Part of the Vulcan - A Time In History series

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…

Coningsby XM573 XM607

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 7

Part of the Ramblings from the AEO's Panel series

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…

Barry Vulcan

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

Part of the The Genesis of the Turbojet series

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…

Ramblings from the AEO’s Panel – Part 6

Part of the Ramblings from the AEO's Panel series

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…

Barry Vulcan

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

Part of the The Genesis of the Turbojet series

In March 2019, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust were priviledged 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…

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