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Wonder what it would take to entice the Vulcan folks to arrange a true (our timing/light/platform) air to air with the aircraft? The upside for them would be timeless imagery, and of course flying with some really great people.
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Well Jim the Vulcan thing is a bit like a box of frogs. On the one hand it's mad, silly, and wonderful – and on the other hand – completely out of control if your daft enough to take the lid off the box.
When they got the CAA chit to fly in 2008 (http://www.caa.co.uk/aandocs/27038/27038000000.pdf) they had seven engines, with a limit of 50hrs on each and where limited to 15,000 ft and 300 knots. Since then they have lost two engines to fod (silica gel desiccant bags) and have tried to talk RR into extending the life of at least one other engine. They have to do the leading edge mod to buy some more Fatigue Index flying time – Oh, and they have just been cleared for daytime IFR !!! (http://www.vulcantothesky.org/news/486/82/CAA-Press-Release.html). So a bit of a mixed bag shall we say?
So who knows? A very big lump of cash might persuade them to fly it over to North America. Make no mistake if they did that it would be an absolute smash hit with the air show crowds. Nothing quite like a tin triangle making lots of noise. Now put that together with Art and his Sea Harrier – more noise – then round it out with as many Spitfires as you like. Oh, and top it off with the Red Arrows. Total Brit Love In – not a dry eye in the house!
As for “booking” it to fly in the UK – well I understand that getting an “appearance” at a show starts at about £9K ish. No idea what you could use as a photo platform – Shorts Sky Van?
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