Maybe its time to let the past go and move forwards?
The Vulcan to the Sky trust - which after years of restoration and around £7m succeeded in getting Vulcan XH558 back into the air - is looking for an emergency injection of cash to keep the aircraft flying. Pledges as of this morning stood at £951,163 - a tad short of the £1m required. However, today is pretty well the …
OK, they need 45K or more before the end of the day, but there is enough pledged to now allow that to trickle in over the next week or two, ths avoiding the need to pull the plug.
Amazing that we can guarantee £500bn to the useless bankers and can't allocate a couple of million to such a worthwhile cause when some decent engineering ventures would remove our reliance on the paper-shuffling greed-crazed idiots that got us where we are right now.
Now, how about a tin triangle icon?
My dad used to fly these things, carrying Red Snow bombs. He says they were about as exciting, to fly, as driving a bus, only more cramped and with poorer visibility (which is a bit of an indictment for a machine designed to assist in the mass extermination of mankind, really). They were cold, uncomfortable, noisy and the air conditioning used to fill the cabin with a fog, so thick, that the navigators often resorted to chalk and slate, because their papers were all sopping wet. Air frame failures, at the time, meant that it was hard enough to keep the things flying when they were operational. They were actually designed to fly at an altitude where they were beyond visible range, and while they may look nice and impressive buzzing around airshows, the sustained use of these aircraft, at such low altitudes, cause acute stresses.
The V-bombers are a family of aircraft that are most famous for never actually ever being called upon to do the job they were designed for. Is an aircraft 'historic' simply because it didn't actually bring about the End of History? Let the thing sit on the ground and be decorative, alongside the Starfighters, and all the other pretty jets, from that era, that look like they should be a really good idea.
Vulcan scrambles, Finningley airshow back in the 60s, V-Force, the days when the RAF had a global reach, and British engineering was still supreme. Move on from the past? We should be going back to the past instead of being the third-world state that we're becoming/become.
"because our government needs to be on the recieving end of a Vulcan payload"
yes they do and it needs to be Blue Steel, not conventional. It's the only way to be sure.
"Vulcan XH558 is not privately owned, but operated as a National Heritage Asset. She belongs to every man, woman and child in Britain and is an iconic and emotive example of Britain's pivotal position in World technology and foreign affairs. "
So in that sense, it's every bit as worthy of a million quid in cash as our growing list of "Heritage Assets" (namely anything we produce, our financial services industry etc etc.)
Perhaps Sir Fred could cough up a few quid of the money he will be earning to keep her aloft?
When I were a lad, I had a holiday job for two years cleaning these things at Scampton. There's a LOT of wing to scrub, believe me! Filthy job. (As a treat though, they let me vacuum out the Lancaster they had on static display. Wow! Having been inside one, my admiration for the poor sods who flew them went up several notches)
Anyway, we MUST preserve this sort of thing, and if possible in flying condition. The sight of one flying overhead at low level is incredible - how do they stay up?
Agree with the comments about priorities - yes we could do other things with £1m, but how much more could we do with the billions being wasted on the Olympics, and the £50m being spent on a couple of old paintings in Scotland - for heaven's sake let's get the priorities right. A painting is an image - photocopy it and stick that on the wall, flog the painting to someone with more money than sense (probably a banker) and then use the dosh to support and sponsor living artists and/or living history (like XH558).
Pledge that money now!
(And is there a kind volunteer amongst El Reg's talented readership who'd offer to build them a decent website? )
anyone know how much theyve got now?
thumbs down for the current shower of w**kers in power - £500 billion down the crapper propping up banks, another few million to come on a case they'll lose (ie trying to take away fred's payoff) but nothing for this? ffs.
I have to say the Farnorough show of the Vulcan bit dull, yeah its big and fairly impressive but compared to what the Raptor did, Eurofighter et al it was nothing. Like a moving museum piece.
I would much rather that £1m went to Shooting Star Hospices, they would love that and the kids would be overwhelmed. They were crying when my brother did the marathon for them so this would be like a miracle.
Nice planes to see, but history is history, no reason to keep them flying, they are just money pits, besides, they aren't the most efficient aircraft in the world, they are deafening and chuck out fumes like there's no tomorrow (no tomorrow was oddly their intended purpose).
Vulcan 604 in the Falklands conflict was their swan song, the story should close there, possibly the greatest(? well over 3000 miles) conventional bombing runs ever made (at least at the time).
>>yes they do and it needs to be Blue Steel, not conventional. It's the only way to be sure.
Wouldn't fit, since the last aircraft flying were MRR and K.2 you'd need to convert back to B.2A
Great story, great history, but "give us money to keep it flying or we'll sell it to the americans" is just emotional blackmail - stick it in a UK museum, it was a waste of money getting it back in the air, and if I was cynical I suspect it was always the ultimate plan to sell it abroad anyway.
@Daniel, Red Snow was the warhead on a Yellow Sun bomb or on a Blue Steel missile (technically still a bomb) but there wasn't a Red Snow bomb.
Notwithstanding, no problem if private money wants to keep it flying, but not tax money, there's no benifit to society.
The biggest intent of Black Buck 1 was to prevent Mirage fighters using the Port Stanley runway, in that respect it was successful. Hercules and Pucara were still able to use it due to their STOL capability, something a Mirage could not do when operating at high weights (fully armed IOW).
One advantage of private finance is that it's harder for the gubmint to stop it flying, but then it's dependent on a CAA Permit to Fly anyway so if they really want to they could stop it.
But, in general, aircraft belong in the air (the clue is in the name you see) and they should be displayed for as long as possible. I'm very happy to have chipped in with my small monthly pledge.
The answer's simple - She looks fantastic at airshows! Even if she were to fly in and then be a static exhibit, it's amazing to see her in the flesh. It's even better to hear that full power take off bellow.
At least give everyone who missed her at the last airshow season another chance to see her -0 she's the only big delta we've left anymore. As for the IT angle, well...er...um...a-ha! Donating online. :-)
Saw these guys 9 years ago at the Farnborough Airshow. Back then it seemed like an awful lot of money to get it flying, let alone the cost of keeping it flying. I just can't see the point, it's just a big money pit that will continue to cost and never has any hope of paying for itself.
While I applaud the fact they got it flying again after years of hard work, all that money and effort might have been better directed towards the local hospice or kids charity rather than some cold war relic.
"in these uncertain financial times, can somebody explain to me why this is important?"
And what is important? Every week just as many people seem to be in the shops and bars, spending money on the usual tat. Imagine every single one of them gave the price of the pasty they're about to ram down their fat gullet or the cost of a pint to a fund like this?
Donations to charity should be given as and when the individual decides, which is why I'm not keen on the Oxfam/AI/etc vest-wearers trying to pounce on shoppers, as if we somehow need guilting or talking into making a commitment.
But this is a bit different - whether you like the aircraft or not, whether your dad flew one and hated it or even if your mum got her first portion from a pilot behind the hangar spread out on the port wing - it doesn't matter! We're not going to be producing many more interesting things in this country so how about preserving what's left? Doesn't take much to help a dedicated group of individuals in their hour of need.
And £50k is hardly a lot. That's, what, a penny from each resident in Greater London? Why are people so adverse to working together for things these days?
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You're almost there, you've got pledges that are what, 45K short of the 1Million needed?So take the pledges you have and keep campaigning for more. Seriously, you have to campaign for the next year's flying anyway, they have got 95% of what they need, that is 11.4 months worth of flying.
Now if we only had a flying example of the Avro Arrow....
<<...local hospice or kids charity rather than some cold war relic>>
Hospices keep almost dead people almost dead a bit longer and kids grow up to be hoodies. Plus, a complete pain-in-the-trouser-department.
Of course, in the "War against Terrists" Mr. Blair launched so many School and Hospital bombs at Iraq...(Oh, shut up, An(d)us. It's getting late.)
Cold war lives forever, товарищ !!!
Has this got to do with friggin' science?
I don't mind rubbish in odds and sods/bootnotes, but when you put stuff like this in science I have to wonder. I've seen more than a couple articles in the past mixed up in one when they should be in the other, but this takes the biscuit.
Also, let it sit on the ground. Cheaper, and probably has about the same impact only without the risk of deafness. They're the most boring aircraft I ever saw in the air.
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