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the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« on: October 05, 2015, 08:08:17 AM »
Well this was it! After eight years of  travelling all over southern England to see my favourite aeroplane it all came to an end yesterday at Old Warden, sad but even the best things have to come to an end eventually and I can look back at lots of fantastic moments, some anguish as it looked like lack of funds would finish it far earlier, making new friends and a bit of fun along the way.
The fine weather hung on just long enough (this morning is dull damp and about to turn wet in Essex) and I drove the family to Old Warden with my 5 year old grandson excited as I’ve ever seen him – he was finally going to see the Vulcan and on the way home boy did I know it, he didn’t stop until he nodded off just a few miles from Braintree. I bet his attention span will be limited at school today! 
It was a great show all round but of course that one sad moment that had to come sometime as I watched ‘558 bank away into the distance for the last time, tears in my eyes. My long suffering wife noticed and came and put an arm round me. I said something rather naughty to her ‘Now tell me it’s just a ****ing aeroplane!’ she looked back with a tear of her own and said ‘ no it’s isn’t I know it’s far more than that’ after all these years she is finally understanding what this roller-coaster has been all about and has tagged along to a couple of shows this year because she wanted to see it, not just to give me company.
At least 2016 will return to some sort of normality if that is possible in the household of a sickbag collector!
Anyway, on with the pics, the pilot of the Bristol Monoplane M1C drew the short straw as this photo demonstrates. The aircraft is circled in the distance but nearly all the crowd is looking in the opposite direction, anybody able to say why? Answers on the back of a £5 cheque payable to the Vulcan club please!


behind the trees accompanied by the Anson for the first pass


and here she comes, car alarms going off everywhere and shouts of excitement from the crowd


then the display proper;














and that final wing over as she disappeared into the distance, probably my final photo of her in flight unless I catch up with her on the tour next weekend - fingers crossed


thanks for the memories and 8 great years!

kindest wishes to all the great friends I've made thanks to '558'
Andy
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 11:29:08 AM by sickbag_andy »
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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 08:22:45 AM »
Brought a tear to my eyes this morning reading this!! Absolutely stunning pics!!
That huge triangle against the sky like some monstrous angel trailing dark clouds of glory

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 12:00:50 PM »
Great images from a fantastic day, hope you don't mind if I share a few of mine on your thread.


































Higher res...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134555270@N04/sets/72157659446891582/
« Last Edit: October 05, 2015, 12:15:10 PM by Ledaig »

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2015, 12:26:06 PM »
kindest wishes to all the great friends I've made thanks to '558'
Andy

Thanks Andy, great pics, nice words and wonderful memories.

I said "no more passwords" and look what happened!

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2015, 08:46:26 PM »
Fantastic set of photos guys.

Such a sad day yesterday - and these photos are a reminder that I chose the wrong venue (i.e. Gaydon) :(

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2015, 09:25:41 PM »
Thanks for the comments.

I've seen some comments re the position of the sun at Gaydon but I had tickets for both - I passed my gaydon ones on to somebody on here who then made a nice donation to the Vulcan funds (well done), I chose to go to Old Warden instead once I heard the Vulcan was appearing mainly as it's only just over an hour away for me compared to about 2 1/2 hours and there was a full day of flying to entertain my grandson.

I took a few of the Vulcan but spent more time just watching it display for the last time, I stayed near the southern end which was great for take off photos (not the Vulcan though!) but the light there was far from ideal until about 4.30 when the sun moved round. Seeing a few pics that have been posted the sun was better at the northern end as the aircraft curved round and caught the sun so maybe i didn't get it quite right but that's one of those things.

I still enjoyed the Vulcan and hope that you did the same at Gaydon despite the sun position.

Andy
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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2015, 10:38:00 PM »
and here's a link to my flickR album which contains a few more vulcan pics and lots of the other participants and visiting aircraft

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125470545@N07/albums/72157659106461218

hope you like them
andy
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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2015, 06:43:20 PM »
Hello everyone.

First post.

May I add my videos to the excellent pictures already shown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKcY2fcdZXE


Also some nice on board footage fro RIAT here :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kuE9A8bOzQ

P2 says "I can't beleive you did that" at 10;30 !



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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 07:01:33 PM »
Amazing photos, thanks for sharing them.


Did anyone happen to record the Vulcan/Tower comms? My airband radio died on the day (not flat batteries) and I assume there may have been a fond fairwell as she left.

Now to work out my weekend plan for a couple of flypasts.

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2015, 05:47:44 PM »
Wow great set of photos

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2015, 02:11:37 AM »
Just a reply to my own question, above:

Here's a link to her amazing display at Old Warden complete with comms.  There are many great videos but this is the only one I found with the comms.


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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2015, 12:13:10 PM »
Awesome snaps & clips!
Chris

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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2015, 06:10:02 PM »
Nice pat on the shoulder for Kev :)

Witnessed that whole display from Totterdown, and that final zoom climb was something else. Great stuff and great memories.
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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2015, 09:31:24 PM »
This is old warden, not totterdown, I m confused!
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Re: the final display, Old Warden 4-10-2015
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2015, 07:09:18 PM »
This is old warden, not totterdown, I m confused!

My reply was regarding the RIAT footage.
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