On the 6th Sept 1952, the father of a friend of mine took us both, aged 13, to the Farnborough Air Show. This was my first introduction to aeroplanes at close quarters and from that moment on I was hooked.

This day was the first appearance and demonstration to the general public of the Vulcan with which I immediately fell in love. The shape was unbelievable, the noise deafening and the experience totally mind blowing.

Approx. eight years later, as one of the last National Servicemen, I was more than lucky to be posted to R.A.F. Waddington.

A few months after my arrival XH558 joined me, where one of my tasks was to issue, etc. the Service Cards for all the aircraft.

My Memory :- To have seen the first public flight of the first Vulcan and to have worked (indirectly) on the last.

I hope that I will have the opportunity of viewing the final landing, even if it is from a perimeter.