Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Fred Martin on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 8:05 pm

As the event has had a mention on 'staubyns' Finingley 1982 Airshow posting I will take the opportunity to re-post these shots of the four Vulcans that performed this last public 4-ship scramble . I had the good fortune to photograph them on the Friday press preview in beautiful autumn sunshine , unlike in the following days grey and dismal open day weather. As an interesting aside , I wonder if the 4 or 5 other 'photographers' with my escort on the press day , who just stood around bantering and not taking a single photo , ever regretted it .

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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby hunterxf382 on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 8:10 pm

My god!!!! :shock:

No.6 is a belter..... the rest aren't bad either of course :biggrin:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby RoverDriver on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 8:29 pm

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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby andyxh558 on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 9:29 pm

I have just died and gone to heaven!!! but, that is September 1981 as XM648 was the display aircraft that day. I obtained the finingley finale video a few years ago and someone from the naughty field had filmed it, and it was awesome (sorry for the analogy but if i had used the f word i would get banned!), the other 3 went back to waddington after the flypast and XM648 did a touch and go but instead of going up like a rocket she banked to one side and pulled up!! I had pictures of it but in 1986 my mother sent the pictures to be developed, the company went bust and i never got those pictures back.. :sad:

some of the signs that it is 1981 rather than 1982 is XL359 in 35 sqn colours as they disbanded in march of 1982 and XL444 was withdrawn on the 9th of September 1983 and 9 sqn was disbanded in april 1982. and i found my dads log from then!
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby PeteM on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 10:29 pm

Lovely photos, I only saw a 4 x Vulcan scramble once - at the 1977 St Mawgan Air show.
Sadly I doubt if we will ever see 35 or 44 Squadron again.
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby andyxh558 on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 10:34 pm

well no not in the air but the vulcan at Carlisle has both 35 and 27 sqn markings!
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Rory76 on Wed 16 Nov 2011, 10:56 pm

Another vote for 6, and 7 is a bit of a goodie too.

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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby ciaranchef on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 10:26 am

Simply awesome sight, must have been a great experience...thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Dragon Rapide on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 11:06 am

As I look at those terrific pictures I can HEAR the noise!!!! :biggrin: :biggrin:
Listen to that Gipsy music.....

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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Westy on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 11:14 am

Nostalgia at its best :yahoo:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby SPLAT on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 1:29 pm

Great set of shots Fred ,
What squadron was XL359 flying with?
Don't think the other guys will reply , as most probably still upset :facepalm:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby andyxh558 on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 1:49 pm

There is a clue if you see the tail of XL359 on the squadron number. I am not upset as I was there, albeit 9 years of age!
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Blue_2 on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 1:56 pm

The 35 'skyhook' is a bit of a giveaway Splat!
Those pictures are simply awesome. Many, many thanks for posting. :yahoo:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby bigcrow on Thu 17 Nov 2011, 7:54 pm

Fantastic set, love the last Fred... :clap:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Maisie on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 10:31 am

Shame there isn't 3 more in flying condition to re-inact this......
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Bucky P on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 3:52 pm

I remember being on camp with the ATC at Waddington in 1982 and while flying from Cranwell in a Chippy I saw a 4 ship scramble from Waddington, what a sight, especially from the air! :yahoo: :topbombing: :cool:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby Mike Dodd on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 8:36 pm

Fantastic! Thanks for posting Ireally enjoyed looking!
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby jwarnerxh558 on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 9:19 am

WOW amazing! i wish i was around for these kind of events!
last 2 stand out most to me! :rock:
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby mr pabs on Wed 23 Nov 2011, 10:51 am

Very nice.... I really like the last one.

The thing about these is you will not see this ever again making your images that much more special.

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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby SCARECROW 451 on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 8:11 pm

This was 1981, as I didn't attend the 82 show and I've just found my pics of the scramble as well.
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Re: Last Vulcan scramble-Finingley 1982

Postby andyxh558 on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 9:35 pm

Glad i wasnt the only one to think that and looking forward to seeing more vulcan porn! :grin:
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