I joined the army at Farnborough (National Service) on 21st August 1952. The prototype Vulcan flew over 9 days later. We saw it frequently and in early 1953, at Officer Cadet School, the Vulcan halted RSM Brittan (The most senior RSM in the army, who claimed to have shouted the 1937 coronation parade) in his tracks!

The white Vulcan escorted by one red and one blue small V jets, then flew frequently over Farnborough and appeared at 1952 and 1953 Air shows.