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How about the Vulcan to Airventure 2011

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Steven Marquez
#1 Posted: 10/20/2010 22:41:44

Just a thought is it possible. 

Janet Davidson
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#2 Posted: 10/21/2010 13:33:50

That would be fantastic!


But...a BIG but.... how could it be financed?  A quick google search puts the fuel consumption at 10 - 12,000lbs an hour, cruise speed at 492kts, distance from London to Oshkosh is approx 3500nm, fuel range is about 2100nm.  Sooooo... at a guess, I'm thinking it would bestunningly expensive to bring to Oshkosh. 


The group who got it back in the air are a charity, so heaven knows if they would have the funds to bring it over.  Maybe we should start a collection on here?

I have stood under a Vulcan, infact, I once saw Santa climb out of a Vulcan - it is one very cool aeroplane & I would love to see it fly - either in the UK or Oshkosh. 

Hal Bryan
#3 Posted: 10/21/2010 14:12:36

That really would be incredible ... we used to fly into the Abbotsford., BC airshow every year when I was a kid, and the Vulcan was always a high point - I'll never forget seeing it pull up and almost roll past 90 degrees in a steep climbing turn, wondering if they were ever going to go all the way around. I got to clamber around in the cockpit one year as well, and was stunned by how small it was.

There's some video from the last Abbotsford appearance in 1983 on YouTube - lots of memories - here's one clip:


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Hal Bryan
#4 Posted: 10/25/2010 11:17:55

Just for fun, here's a bit on the Vulcan prototype at Farnborough in 1955, in which they don't resist the temptations I remember in much later years and do roll the airplane all the way around - spectacular:

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Donald Shipman
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerHomebuilder or Craftsman
#5 Posted: 11/4/2010 19:49:04

When I was stationed at Offutt AFB, NE in the 70's and early 80's, then Strategic Air Command hosted a detachment of Vulcans that came over to fly our low-level bombing runs.  Every year at the base open house the Vulcan would steal the air show with some fantastic low-level gut-wrenching turns around the base.  The last year of the detachment's deployments, as the aircraft exited the airfield area I watched the pilot perform a slow roll as it climbed out..(Not an approved maneuver after a fatal crash in Chicago)....what a sight!  On the last day of the detachment's operations, five Vulcans performed fly bys for over a half hour and the last aircraft to land taxiied to the end of the runway, through the gates of the SAC Museum where they turned the aircraft over to the Museum.  It is on display at the SAC Museum's new home just West of the Omaha Area.  Speaking to a crew member one day, he said that they could go supersonic but the airframe didn't like it much.  The Vulcan was a great airplane, I'd like to see it come to Oshkosh before being permanently grounded. 

Lynn Erickson
Young Eagles Pilot or Volunteer
#6 Posted: 11/5/2010 09:41:41

Could it's appearance be tied to a Canadian airshow appearance to share the expenses ?  Could it be shown with "Fifi" at OSH or somwhere on "Fifi's" tour for next year ? Would the Canadian government be interested in participating ? 

And the larger question.  Who would be interested and well connected enough to push this idea forward ?

I did get to see it fly at Farnborough in 2009 and it was AWESOME !!

Thomas Steber
#7 Posted: 11/8/2010 22:06:06

THAT would truely be AWESOME!!!

I guess that's one plane that I just assumed I'd never see in person.

If there would ever be ANY way of getting it here, it would be a HUGE draw.

A true "must see".

Waiting on the Powerball!