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Vulcan crew with a Standard Ensign

Vulcan crew scramble at RAF Scampton in the early 60's

The AVRO Vulcan provided Britain's Nuclear Deterrent through the 1960's. 134 of these magnificant V-bombers were built, in a time when we could afford to properly equip the RAF. The photo above, kindly sent to me by Phil Gates shows a crew "scrambling" into the aircraft from a Standard Ensign at RAF Scrampton. So Standard played their part in supporting our Cold War efforts.

A single Vulcan successfully bombed Port Stanley airfield during the Falklands war, at the time that was the longest-ever bombing raid and required the support of 14 tanker aircraft to get it to the target and back.

Just one Vulcan, XH588  remains airworthy today, supported by a team of volunteers,  and it is maintained entirely by donations, it receives no support from the MoD, RAF or the government. The Vulcan can be seen at Flying displays all over the country this summer. Learn where to see her and help keep this iconic aircraft flying by going to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust's website.

Below the Vulcan still thrills packed airshow audiences today:

Words by Phil Homer

August 2010