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Aviation Waffle / Bill Ramsey and XH558
« on: April 25, 2018, 04:51:50 PM »
Came across this brilliant interview and photos on the Mosquito site:

http://vintageaviationecho.com/vulcan-xh558/

Apologies if it has been posted before.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:40:07 AM »
With the few of us left on this forum I actually doubted we'd get that comment.


Not quite the same as the Queen's Silver Jubilee.  I've seen a list somewhere, I seem to remember around that number of DIFFERENT aircraft, and only one not designed and/or built in Britain.

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Engineering / Irony?
« on: April 17, 2018, 04:40:45 PM »
Polaris-equipped submarines led to the demise of the V-Force as they can skulk about out of sight.  But in the recent attack on Syria HMS Astute was apparently unable to launch any missiles for fear of revealing its position and aircraft were used instead.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
« on: January 14, 2018, 10:25:29 AM »
Looks like no Wings and Wheels for 2018 either.  Local paper item implies that the owners of the airfield are not allowing it - confirmed on https://xm655.com/, which may well be a deliberate attempt to starve them of funding and so kill 655.

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Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:37:18 PM »
So is this The Vulcan Aviation Academy and Heritage Centre of 2015?  ETNA?  Or the interim hanger of 2017?

My understanding with the interim is that it would be funded by the developers and leased by the trust.  This seems to be dependant on the Trust raining £3M.

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Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Funding the new hangar - how?
« on: October 12, 2017, 03:36:20 PM »
From http://www.vulcantothesky.org/xh558-s-survival/survival-q-a.html

"What's costs associated with the new hanger is the trust paying for?

"The Trust cannot afford to pay anything for the development of the new hangar; initial planning work is being performed pro bono by a number of firms, the costs of construction will be an investment by a developer, who will then lease it to the Trust. Supportive contractors are offering their services at cost, significantly reducing the capital required."

As I understand it this refers to the temporary hangar in the planning application.  If they still need an investor for that then I can't see anything happening.

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It was mentioned on this thread... http://www.vulcantothesky.org/smf/index.php?topic=7877.msg81647#new  ;D

"The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you."

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A brief glimpse in the opening minutes, flying overhead, in anti-flash white, with very large 'XH558' under each wing.  One comment elsewhere that it was a large RC model, although videos of that (those?) don't have the designation under the wings.

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:29:43 AM »
It begs the question as to why the Trust retained the stamps ...

Why wouldn't they?  It only contains a number, and that number could easily be assigned to a new member - if one were ever employed, the surname is written under the stamp at all times so it should be clear who the stamp refers to.  Doesn't seem much point in scrapping the stamp then needing to have a new one made.  Remember these procedures were laid down years ago, they are not just since the end of flight.  And as I was told when I was there after the final flight they were continuing with all the processes and procedures, which themselves date from RAF days, for the same reason that men have nipples - "Just in case".

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Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 07, 2017, 11:36:57 AM »

I'm no expert, but is it really just a "stamp" that certifies work on aircraft?


The stamp is effectively the signature of the engineers who carry out the work and inspected it as they include a unique number that relates to the person involved, together with him writing his surname in capitals, if the copies of the job sheets I have from a day spent working on 558 are anything to go by.  As such there would have to be a record of who that stamp number applies to, and one would expect that record to be updated when an engineer moves on, or the stamp destroyed and new ones created for engineers joining.  Without that, anyone could use an 'old' stamp and write the name of the previous engineer.  However as those 'signatures' are also dated, and presumably (surely!) the dates people leave are recorded, it wouldn't take much to bring to light fraudulent use in the event of a problem and subsequent investigation.

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Bruntingthorpe cold war jets
« on: July 13, 2017, 03:20:27 PM »
Sadly the 2017 August Bank Holiday event has been cancelled due to commercial activity http://www.bruntingthorpeaviation.com/open-days/

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Aviation Waffle / Re: Circular Runways
« on: March 17, 2017, 10:44:57 AM »
Vertical take off requires a huge amount of energy.  I don't know where 'less' noise comes from, more like the same amount but spread over a greater area.  'Greener' seems marginal.  Being able to avoid strong cross-winds would be safer.

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Trust Newsletter archive / Re: NEWS LETTER
« on: March 15, 2017, 09:20:12 AM »
I assume your Vulcan one is no longer valid?

Stab ... twist ...

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Trust Newsletter archive / Re: NEWS LETTER
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:26:16 AM »
A Tuesday news letter today asking for donations, what happens if the 100k isn't raised???????? :-X

Fridays newsletter give a clue - "You can help them survive until the time comes for them to emerge once again."  With that sentiment repeated in other words further down.  'Survive', note, not 'keep them secure'.  The implication being that if the money isn't raised they will not survive.

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Engineering / Re: Throttle lever buttons
« on: February 20, 2017, 09:18:18 AM »
Not red, but there is a big button facing the pilot.  Maybe a smaller 'talk' button on the side?  This is 558.

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