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Aviation Waffle / Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« on: September 04, 2015, 11:10:30 PM »
I always understood that the crew ladder sections on the hatch were removed during flight and stowed up forward somewhere in the manual bomb aimers area.

I was watching a video on Youtube the other day
About 1m 15s into it, the crew chief removes the lower two sections completely before closing the hatch.

I also thought that the ladder up to the upper flight deck was vertical rather than the angled one we put into XM569 to make it easier for the public.
In this video the upper ladder shown has nice wider steps and is angled.

1 - did the format of the upper ladder section change with different marks of Vulcan?

2 - Under what circumstances was the bottom two portions removed by the ground crew?

They can't have always been removed because I've seen them in Singapore, Malta, Masirah and Gan with the crew ladders down. I never was on a flying station in the UK, another reason I preferred to be abroad!

Appreciative of any help with my questions yet again.
Dave Rose

Bottom sections

Top section in XM569, hinged for stowage when closing up for the night. This is the ladder that was put in by the Jet Age Museum to make it easier for public access.

Ways To Raise Funding / Diary/Passport covers
« on: May 26, 2015, 04:53:59 AM »
If you are having a problem shifting the diary covers that are left promote them as passport covers, unless your customers are travelling to Argentina maybe!

Book / Film / TV Reviews / Skyfaring - A journey with a pilot
« on: April 26, 2015, 07:59:17 PM »
Listened to this radio programme this morning and was fascinated from beginning to end. Incredibly well written and narrated.
I think any fliers, pilots or crew, and aircraft lovers would really enjoy listening to this despite it being 75 minutes long.

Former Aircrew / Tony & Tricia Picking?
« on: April 25, 2015, 10:48:20 PM »
Came across another retired Vulcan pilot on Thursday during a visit to the Jet Age Museum by the Fairford Classic Car Club.

Anyone know Sqdn Ldr Tony Picking and his wife Tricia?

Aviation Waffle / TSR2 Documentary
« on: February 12, 2015, 09:43:03 PM »
I started this by responding to the story about the B52 replacement engines quandry but wander off into realms of fantasy so thought I'd make a new thread of it!

We've often made the comment that we retired our heavy bombers in favour of fighter bombers such as the Tornado, Typhoon etc. and it was a terrible mistake.
However, when we think about when the B52 has been used since Vietnam it makes you wonder whether it's a false economy on the part of the United States. I think they were used in Iraq as a prequel to the invasion but it was mostly cruise missiles that were used for bombing purposes.

On the other hand, if Putin stays in power it seems like he is determined to resurrect the Soviet Union, KGB and probably a nuclear stand off - a new Cold War!!! maybe we should be starting to design a new heavy bomber. Maybe it could be called the Tactical Strike and Reconnaisance Aircraft. We've had one so number this one '3' - the TSR3 (Rings a bell somehow).

I watched this documentary last week, never seen this one before - Roy Jenkins, towards the end, shows the typical Labour attitude to the UKs' Aviation Industry which makes me even more determined I'd never vote for labour (not that I ever did).
It's an hour long but I was spellbound every minute of it.

Former Aircrew / Ken Pollard and others
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:52:29 PM »
I wasn't aircrew so hope it's ok to post about former aircrew in this section.

Anyone know, remember, Ken Pollard?
He came to the Museum last Saturday and he was a Vulcan pilot.
I was giving tours of XM569 with Alan McDonald (was AEO) and it turned out that they served on the same squadron at the same time at Scampton. I think it was 83 Sqdn.
We are working on Ken to get him as a volunteer for the museum!!

Other visitors have included Barry Simon and Roger Hannaford. Harry Hopkins is still around and sometimes pops in. Haven't seen Peter Odlin at the museum but met him on a ferry in Malta (recorded in another thread in 2012).

Another member of crew we have at the the Museum is Bob McDonald and the chairman of trustees is John Lewer (Nav Radar).

So apart from the XH558 and XM655 crews there's still lots of them out there, thank goodness.

Engineering / Instinctive Cut Off Switch
« on: January 15, 2015, 10:28:50 PM »
Been wondering what this switch is and found it in the 'Instruments and Controls' documentation but I have no idea what it does.
It's called the Instinctive Cut Off Switch (on pilots column).

What does it do? sounds like a 'Dead Mans Handle' sort of function but you can't put the brakes on at 50,000ft!!!!!

Engineering / AEO's - A-L Switch?
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:18:34 PM »
Got a switch identification problem, can't even find it in the B2 Aircrew Manual.
Any ideas what this switch (on the right A to L) is for?

Aviation Waffle / Difficulties when displaying by Bill Ramsey
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:47:53 PM »
Found this really interesting -

When I shared it on Facebook I added the following comment. Please let me know if what I said was totally bs rubbish or not.

" Wg Cdr Bill Ramsey explains the things that affect aircraft displaying at airshows in front of crowds. He also mentions the Vulcan Howl at the end. The famous HOWL is created by the shape and size of the air intake sucking in all of that air at a phenomenal rate. It is then compressed and ignited with fuel to create the jet thrust and you may notice that the jet exhuasts are at different angles to each each other.
If both exhaust pipes were straight it would affect the airflow being expelled and could necessitate the addition of a tail plane rather than the nice clean lines of the Vulcan giving undisturbed airflow to the tail and rudder. "

A chap handed over some photographs and a Vulcan print with the signatures of the crew that delivered XM569 to Rhoose, Cardiff, airport in 1983 when the Wales Air Museum purchased the aircraft. His name is Steve Phillips who worked with the Wales Air Museum.

I can't identify all of the signatures and wondered if anyone could help.

I can make out;
Wg Cdr A. C. Davis
Sqdn Ldr McDougall (Captain)
Flt Lt John David

These I'm not sure of;
? - Flt Lt P. Acton ?
? - Flt Lt John Baines ?
? - Chf Tech R. M. Fumes ?

Engineering / Lumpy bits of iron!
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:46:28 PM »
Can anyone identify these and what they are for?
There's four of them with screwy bits on the front making them look like, well never mind that now but I'm sure someone told me a couple of years back but it's gone again.
If someone can enlighten me I will make a wee notice to put on the inside of the flap underneath the starboard jump seat, which is where they are.

Engineering / Instrument question.
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:32:28 PM »
It's not about XM569 but a young fella, no really there are some young blokes at the Jet Age Museum, bought a bit of kit at an Aero Jumble recently but doesn't know what it's for. I am pretty sure it's from a Vulcan because it has 'Olympus 102' on it so it would be from a B1 except the date on it says 08 April 1967, bit late for a B1?

Could it be engine fire extinguisher content indicator? That's my guess anyway.

Dial face

Magnetic underneath

Date of Manufacture?

Engineering / Couple more questions from XM569!
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:51:46 PM »
Today I had a couple of questions that I couldn't answer, never been asked these before and never thought about them myself so here goes.

Can someone identify what these bits of equipment are used for;

1 - This glass tube connected with the rubber tube is lying inside the porthole next to the Nav Radars position. I think there should be one on the AEO's side as well but it's missing in XM569.
Do you know what it is and what it is used for?

2 - This little clip is on the side of the AEO and Nav Radars seats. What it is used for I have no idea and can't begin to imagine! Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks very much
Dave Rose

Aviation Waffle / XV770 Hal Far 1957
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:32:18 PM »
XV770 visited RNAS Hal Far in 1957 to carry out high temperature operating exercises.
RNAS Hal Far did change to an RAF Base in the 60's.

Edit Note - photographer unknown so if anyone knows who took this photograph it would be great to be able to contact him/her. I got this from a facebook page 'The RAF in Malta'.
Note the lack of bomb aimer blister.

Engineering / Decompression Handle
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:13:45 PM »
Another question, never noticed this handle until last Saturday.
Under what circumstances would you need a 'Cabin Decompression Handle'?

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