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Old 16th Aug 2006, 08:00   #1 (permalink)
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The Times, 1953 - Vulcan

This is a real long shot ...

Two cadets in my new ATC squadron are building a diorama based on a picture I found in a book. It's a front cover of The Times in 1953, entitled 'Survey of British Aviation', with a photograph of a Vulcan.

The picture I've got isn't very good - it's about 1.5 x 2 inches. Does anyone know the picture I mean and have a better copy of it? I've tried Googling, but to no avail.
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Old 16th Aug 2006, 12:37   #2 (permalink)
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Aerbabe, any chance you scan it and show us the one you mean - I reckon there's a very good chance one of us will have a source for a better copy...

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Old 16th Aug 2006, 12:39   #3 (permalink)
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Not at the moment, but it looks a little bit like this:


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That type of Vulcan (B1A) didn't appear until years later....

In 1953 they were all white and had straight leading edges like this one:

http://1000aircraftphotos.com/APS/2989.htm
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Old 16th Aug 2006, 14:29   #5 (permalink)
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Grab a mirror and............................http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Vulcan
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Only two Vulcans, both prototypes, were flying in 1953, VX770 as shown in BEagle's Post and VX777. VX770 first flew 30 Aug 1952 and VX777 first flew on 3 Sept 1953. The first production aircraft, the Vulcan B Mark 1, (XA889) did not fly until 4th Feb 1955.
Was this the photograph?
http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/crown_c...t/770_bank.jpg

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Old 17th Aug 2006, 09:14   #7 (permalink)
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That wasn't supposed to be an accurate representation of the picture ... just something I put together in 5 minutes as a memory jogger!


MReyn24050 ... yes, I think that's it. Will take a digi pic of the book tonight. The cadets really need all the text though - the a/c markings are quite clear.
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That wasn't supposed to be an accurate representation of the picture ... just something I put together in 5 minutes as a memory jogger!
MReyn24050 ... yes, I think that's it. Will take a digi pic of the book tonight. The cadets really need all the text though - the a/c markings are quite clear.
Having done a check of EBay I found that someone is trying to sell a copy of a supplement published in the Times in 1954 celebrating the British aviation industry as it appeared in that year. As seen from the attached link it is somewhat tatty. It is reported to consist of 24 full pages including adverts, brimming with aviation history. Is this similar to the one you are trying to obtain?
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http://i6.ebayimg.com/05/i/07/f8/a9/05_1.JPG
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Seem to remember reports of a Vulcan crashing at Heathrow in about '54.
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Seem to remember reports of a Vulcan crashing at Heathrow in about '54.
The second major tragedy at London Heathrow Airport happened on 1st October 1956, when the RAF’s first Avro Vulcan bomber, arriving from Australia, crashed on approach to the runway.

In 1956 it was decided to show off Britain's latest V-Bomber, the Vulcan, by sending one on a world tour. As AOC in C, Air Marshall Sir Harry Broadhurst took part as the co-pilot. After a successful tour the aircraft, XA897, ran into fog on it's return to Britain, but instead of diverting to a different airfield, the pilot elected to attempt a landing at Heathrow where the reception party was laid on. Unfamiliar with Heathrow which was not the large airfield it is today, the aircraft landed short ripping off it's undercarriage. The pilot and Broadhurst were able to eject but unfortunately the remaining four crew members perished in the ensuing crash

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