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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2018, 03:50:23 PM »
Hello All

What if a Vulcan was doing a sortie from eg Waddington - Waddington and then for some unexpected reason had to divert to another airfield. How would they get out and back in if the bottom portion of the ladder was at Waddington.

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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2018, 05:59:18 PM »
Welcome!! Im sure someone will have an idea how they would get out?
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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2018, 07:55:52 PM »
Hello All

What if a Vulcan was doing a sortie from eg Waddington - Waddington and then for some unexpected reason had to divert to another airfield. How would they get out and back in if the bottom portion of the ladder was at Waddington.

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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2018, 08:42:59 AM »
Dosent the ladder just all fold up inside the cockpit?
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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2018, 09:07:28 AM »
Hi Dee

Yes the ladder does fold all the way up, and i would have thought that back in the operational days when flying just in the UK they would have put the access ladder in the bomb position like they would have done on a overseas deployment. If for any unknown reason they had to land away from their homebase  this would have caused a problem if the access ladder was left at their base.     

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Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2018, 09:53:37 AM »
Original photographs I posted were lost because Photobox stopped the use of links if you didn't pay for the 'Pro' service. I now use 'Postimage'.

Photographs of XM569 at The Jet Age Museum, Gloucester. www.jetagemuseum.org

The bottom section of ladder slides up into the one above it and rests on the top.

The whole section can then be removed (pins at the top can be taken out so the upper section can also be lifted) and stored forrard to the left of the bomb aimers position, it isn't just flopping around loose.




We had to use something to tie them together as we didn't have hydraulics so the top one (Bottom section) would fly off when we let the hatch drop!





The top section, inside going up to the flight deck, is not as shown but similar. It can be slid to one side for easier access to the 'Bomb Aimers' position in the nose. I don't think it was ever used for the purpose of bomb aiming but it was a hang over from the 1940's style of bombing.
The person by the ladder is John Lewer, retired Sqdn Ldr, Vulcan Navigator and Tactical Navigator. He went on to pilot other aircraft but can't remember which types now.



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