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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Air show? No show!

I was at Leuchars on Saturday there to see XH558 fly. That's a Vulcan bomber, for the people who don't follow this sort of thing... Possibly the last chance to see her.

Sadly, the weather was shite. As a result, the Vulcan did not fly due to not enough V for VFR. Just as well there wasn't a war on or anything. Bastards. How did this country ever manage to be great?

I did see the Red Arrows though. Again.

And whiles the Red Arrows are great, it's not as if we haven't seen them before - they do get around you know?

I was bitterly disappointed, nay, raging fucking mad, that the Vulcan wasn't allowed to fly. pesky weather and civil rules. Damned uncivil if you ask me. They did at least allow her to taxi up to rotation speed, which was nice, since the noise that the Rolls Royce Olympus engines make would make you think that God was angry.

I was last at Leuchars when I was a wee boy, so this was still a fantastic day out, even with the gash weather, and I'll certainly try to get along again next year.


James Higham said...

I saw one of these Vulcans up close. Wow.

Colin Campbell said...

Highlight of my flying career was walking up the stairs on to a 747 in Kuala Lumpur. Growing up near St Andrews, we used to get over there regularly for the show. Too bad a lot of others decided to go too.

soubriquet said...

When I was a kid, I used to watch Vulcans practising low-level penetration flights in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, they'd come so close we were looking down on their topsides.
I assume they were out of RAF Finningley, near Doncaster.

"V" bombers, Victor, Vulcan, Valiant, The vulcans were always my favourites.