My memories of the VULCAN go back to my National Service days 1955-1957.

After three months at RAF Hednesford followed by three months at RAF Yatesbury training to be a Radar Mechanic, a posting to RAF Waddington, back to Yatesbury for an upgrade, back to Waddington and finally a three month stint at RAE Boscombe Down.

There I was part of the ground crew on first line servicing assigned to acceptance trials of the first Vulcans prior to delivery to the RAF. The aircraft had the designator VX, which we were advised was for Vulcan experiment, as well as the City of Lincoln crest, ready for delivery to RAF Waddington. My last few months prior to demob were happily spent at Waddington working twelve hour shifts ensuring that the Vulcans were ready for squadron duty.

if only I had realised what an icon I had the privilege of being a part of I would have kept some notes and possibly tried to use my Brownie Box camera to record some historic times.