They don’t make them like this any more

I took my son to the RNAS Culdrose Air-day today. For me its a sort of rite of passage as my Father took me to air shows and now, I am taking my son. There is something about being a boy and seeing loads of aircraft flying around. I still get a tingle up my spine when I hear the roar of a merlin engine from a Spitfire and see it glide though the air. (this engine was also used in the Hurricane, Lancaster and the Mustang)

For me the highlight of the day was seeing the Avro Vulcan Bomber. I remember this aircraft from my childhood. Not just as a display aircraft, but in operational RAF squadrons. Seeing one flying around is impressive, but seeing a couple in formation is just mind blowing.

All in all it was a great day. The weather held out. We used the Park and Ride service that was put on and found it quick, easy and without hassle.

Below, are three more pictures of this great piece of British engineering that I took today. Here also is the link to more information on this Aircraft

One comment

  • Richard Clark

    I remember seeing Vulcans flying over south Stockport when I was at primary school in the 1950s; they were built locally at Woodford Aerodrome. Awesome today and awesome then, they were especially awesome once we understood what they were for. Later I became the youngest member of the Manchester Branch of the British-Soviet Friendship Society. (I remember seeing Yuri Gagarin when he visited Manchester in July 1961 – the crowds gave him a very warm welcome.) The Vulcan is simultaneously one of the most beautiful aircraft ever built and a symbol of the Cold War, once representing the hideous prospect of nuclear war in Europe. Today it is always heart-stopping to see and hear XH558; at RIAT this year the F-22 Raptor was impressive but it was the Vulcan that stole the show. May it continue to fly as an inspiration to potential and budding British engineers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

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