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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by djrose007 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.



Hope this helps a bit.
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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by Lancaster50 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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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by dee on April 26, 2018, 08:42:59 AM »
Dosent the ladder just all fold up inside the cockpit?
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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by djrose007 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.

Ejector seats and parachutes - Oh, you mean when they've landed HAHAHAHAHA
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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by dee 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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Aviation Waffle / Bill Ramsey and XH558
« Last post by PaulH2015 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 / Royal Review RAF Finningley 1977.
« Last post by Lancaster50 on April 25, 2018, 03:57:40 PM »
Hello All

Can anyone tell me what were the formation call signs used at the RAF Finningley Royal Review 1977.

Thanks.
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Aviation Waffle / Re: Vulcan Crew Ladder - In or Out?
« Last post by Lancaster50 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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Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« Last post by PaulH2015 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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Aviation Waffle / Re: R.A.F. 100 Aircraft Flypast
« Last post by wcg on April 25, 2018, 09:59:58 AM »
With the few of us left on this forum I actually doubted we'd get that comment.

The Royal Air Force has seventy plus strike aircraft, with over one hundred other strike aircraft being "available", so little imagination needed to assess the chances of achieving the numbers - the organization is another matter. There are over one hundred and fifty Hawks, then with transport and helicopters that gives us the possibility of "one hundred", and don't forget the Red Arrows can put up at least twelve.
Knock off the ones which are unavailable due to being deployed overseas, on task/standby, down for maintenance, or not allowed to fly over London.....how many does that leave....?
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