Some of my most unforgettable memories are being part of the servicing team accompanying two Vulcans on a round-the world flight (east about) in January 1966 that incorporated a display at the opening of the new airport at Auckland New Zealand.

The Vulcans were fitted with Olympus 301 engines so unfortunately didn’t have the now famous Vulcan howl but they still put on an impressive performance. Continuing the flight (still east about) we had some unusual stopovers at Pago Pago American Samoa, Hickam AFB Honolulu, Travis AFB San Francisco and Offutt AFB Nebraska. The final stop was at Goose Bay Labrador for refuelling and then the last leg to our home base at RAF Cottesmore.

I believe one of the Vulcans XM 612 can be viewed at the Norwich Aviation Museum and the other XM 650 was dismantled at St Athan in 1984.