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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2012, 12:04:45 PM »
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617 Sqn was never based in Cyprus but we did do detachments and Rangers to Malta and Cyprus sometimes for several weeks either as a singleton or in groups.

True, but the 9 Sqn was.

I think what I was trying to say was that the badge on his arm could be 617 as they may have used that for the collective personnel involved in that Competition, he cant remember what is was, so I am guessing too...
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2012, 03:33:19 PM »
Having delved deep into the memory, the following may be of interest.

The groundcrew for GV74 were selected from Scampton and Waddington with a few specialists from other units. Vulcans represented the RAF in Giant Voice up to 1980. I think that was the last time as the squadrons were starting to run down towards the disbandments in late 1981/early 1982.

I think your father was an A Eng Tech (his service number may start with 0690). They were 3 year apprentices who then did 2 years improver training prior to promotion to sergeant.

In 1974, 9 Squadron were serving in Cyprus as part of Bomber Wing, they returned to Waddington in 1975 together with 35 Squadron who went to Scampton.

Scampton had squadron based servicing from around 1971, prior to that it was centralised as FLES (Flight Line Engineering Squadron.

Waddington was centralised until late 1974/early 1975, and would be squadron based by the time 9 returned from Cyprus.

Hope this helps to clarify his memories
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2012, 10:18:37 AM »
That is pretty much everything he blurbed to me the other night!
Thank you so much 50ltech!!

Don't suppose you know of anywhere i could find some photos of 9 Sqn at that time do you, be it Cyprus, Waddo or any other?

Thats made my day getting to the bottom of that photo, just goes to show that all these people with Gb of photos on their HD that never see the light of day have a story to tell that may not ever be told.
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2012, 10:30:48 AM »
You have just missed a tour of the Heritage Centre at waddington but I'm sure we will have another next year. They have masses of pics and I for one would like more time with them.
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #19 on: November 17, 2012, 05:21:10 PM »
In my previous post I referred to photos of the groundcrew selected for GV74.

I have scanned in the 3 photos which were taken at Waddington prior to deplayment to Barksdale. These were then published in the official programme produced by SAC.

It does not look like all the ground crew members appear in the photographs as some may have been on leave on the day the photos were taken, whilst those from other units only joined for the detachment and not the work up. These included one member of the Army's Postal Service whose sole purpose was to ensure the mail got through.







Hope these photos will be of interest
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2012, 05:13:40 PM »
50ltech
Can I copy these images and forward them to the Heritage Centre at Waddington to help then build up their collection of Vulcan images?
Sean
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2012, 12:34:39 PM »
I have scanned in the two badges to confirm what they are





Hope this helps
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2013, 07:56:27 PM »
Its been a while, but thanks for the more clearer GV badge scans....

Just a couple more questions...

I have managed to get hold of another airfix Vulcan model, and I intend to build it and decorate it to this version in the photo below.
It was the Vulcan that came back from GV '74 with the trophies they won, photo'd at Waddington.

On the description given for it when I saved it, it mentioned that there was the group (one) panther between the roundel and intake. Is this the same as the one on the XH558?

And if any one has a view of the tailfin so I can see what Xxxxx serial it is and what Sqdn badge they used, that would be most welcome, thank you.
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2013, 09:36:01 PM »
Google is your friend !!  :D
Image is titled : 653gv74.jpg
A quick search for that gives : http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/1_group_presentation/653gv74.htm
Quote : "Avro Vulcan B2 XM653 of the Waddington Wing after the 1974 SAC Giant Voice bombing and navigation competition with the three trophies won by Vulcan crews. Though the picture is somewhat soft, the Union Jack can be seen on the fin and the 1 Group panther's head between the roundel and the engine intake. 653's markings are unusual in that it has gloss green/light sea grey topsides and white underside with red and blue roundels."
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2013, 11:32:11 AM »
I think the best person for you to contact is Craig Bulman who knows everything there is to know about all the vulcans. He may even have detailed pics for you.
I will pm the email address.
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2013, 08:46:23 PM »
Try this enlargement of the image - I can make out it is XM653. You try.

[attachment=0:1je2ptfi]GVVulcanTail.jpg[/attachment:1je2ptfi]
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2013, 09:03:44 PM »
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I think the best person for you to contact is Craig Bulman who knows everything there is to know about all the vulcans. He may even have detailed pics for you.
I will pm the email address.

Ta muchly.... email sent and lets hope!
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2013, 06:42:00 AM »
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Try this enlargement of the image - I can make out it is XM653. You try.
Err........I take it you missed my previous post , where the ID was confirmed , then ??
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Re: 1974 Giant Voice Vulcan Sqdns....
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2013, 07:22:43 PM »
Finally some answers.....

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