My memory is of Vulcan XH558 appearing as a dot in the flawless sky to level out at 300′ and then to launch out into a seemingly impossible series of exercises which left us open-mouthed with disbelief. That such size and weight should be so biddable to human hands was hard to believe.

The ground shook, spectators gasped and ducked – I see them yet. Eyes wide, hands over ears but overall sheer delight and astonishment at such a performance. What a privilege.

Here was a monster with personality who wanted to show what she could do, was empathising with her master.

I wonder what he felt about her. His control over such massiveness. Her obedience to his skill. Her final great parting roar, she turned and left for home – leaving very few dry eyes. We had empathised with a legend.