I remember the sheer exhilaration of watching Vulcans taking off from RAF Akrotiri. I was a schoolboy at the time.

My dad was Command Education Officer stationed at Episkopi and I had joined the gliding club at Akrotiri. Holding on to a wood and string Sedburgh on the peri track whilst Vulcans thundered down the main runway is a sight I shall never forget.

My next memory was a year later when, as an apprentice at BAC in Filton, Bristol, I saw a Vulcan flying as a testbed for the Olympus engine derivative being developed for Concorde.