Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby HeyfordDave111 on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 6:49 pm

With today marking the last flight of the airshow icon, i thought i'd start a photo thread for her with a twist.

Post only 1 picture please. Not your favourite, but the one you took when you saw her fly for the last time. Whether that be Doncaster on 'that' flight, Fairford 15, or wherever, as long as it was the last time you saw the old girl flying.

I'm starting with this....taken on the round Britain 'last flight' tour, and this is simply the last time i saw her and the last ever picture i took of her in flight.

Too high over Windermere, the guys at Dunmail getting THE shot, she's at eye level as she passes me opposite Bowness, then banks, no engine power ups, just simply banks and draws away. I put the camera down realizing the tears were in my eyes, and this was truly aviation history ending for me.....then......with a bit of power added, her smoky trail presents a heart like shape as she disappears into the gloom.

Goodbye old friend, thanks for the memories. Your turn.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby Slinger65 on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 7:47 pm

The final display at Old Warden, October 4th 2015. Grace, power and beauty...

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby ted633 on Tue 18 Oct 2016, 8:18 pm

Dunsfold. Great display by Kev Rumens

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby andy759 on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 5:37 am

Her last landing from her farewell tour & my last picture of her as a airworthy aircraft :sad:
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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby Private Custard on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 6:26 pm

Don't believe the faked images from Rutland Water. They were high, and missed their line by about a mile and a half. Still, it was nice to say farewell to her on my home turf.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby Aviationcafe on Wed 19 Oct 2016, 9:48 pm

ImageFarewell XH558 by John Rooney, on Flickr

The last time she displayed at Southport, right at the end of the display.
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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby sdad on Thu 20 Oct 2016, 10:48 am

Departing Pitsford at 13:18 on 13 Oct 2015
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The last display had finished at Sywell at 11:21 with one further pass at 11:50. Old Warden was not the final display.
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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby ianf on Thu 20 Oct 2016, 12:17 pm

The final day October 28th at Doncaster. After the last touch and go, fittingly her final climb was into sky with the sun going down.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby AndyXH558 on Fri 21 Oct 2016, 6:36 pm

my last picture was her over what was left of her birthplace at Woodford. This was taken as she dissapeared off over towards the south. I did have the chance of seeing her on the last flight but i felt i would rather see her for the last time where she was assembled.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby bigfatron on Sat 22 Oct 2016, 10:32 am

Same venue as AndyXH558, and I won't post my last shot as it's practically identical. So i'll throw this slightly tarted-up shot in from the same day.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby Maccyd on Thu 27 Oct 2016, 9:19 pm

East Fortune 10th October. Image[url=https://flic.kr/p/zBG5fG]
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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby Skyflash on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 10:53 am

Another from last year's East fortune flypast, with added llamas:

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby jalfrezi on Fri 28 Oct 2016, 1:41 pm

Fairford 2015 was the last time I photographed her, I did see her enroute to her final Shuttleworth show, but I didn't have my camera with me.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby duxfordhawk on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 5:03 pm

Last photo I took of her, last ever air display of a Vulcan and probably the last time I will see her, Old Warden 4th October 2015.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby sdad on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 7:53 pm

"last ever air display of a Vulcan" was 13th Oct 2015 at Sywell.
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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby bristolian1 on Thu 19 Jan 2017, 9:29 pm

After the last display at Sywell, went round to Pitsford and this was my last photo of a flying Vulcan.

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Re: Avro Vulcan XH558 Goodbye old friend

Postby sdad on Fri 20 Jan 2017, 11:57 am

and that's a better sky than most of the time she was holding there!
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