I was stationed at Royal Air Force St. Mawgan from 1954 to 1957 on Flying Wing at the School of Maritime Reconnaissance, [M.R.S.], when the first Vulcan was showing itself off to various stations with a couple of flypasts. Being used to seeing our Lancaster’s, this was something out of this world.

When the squadrons of Vulcans were formed much later, St. Mawgan often had four Vulcans sitting on a spare taxiway, waiting for a real life scramble. They would leave after a few days with a rapid start-up, following each other to take off, what a sight and sound! This was to become a regular exercise.