View Full Version : Cranfield today - Vulcan

19th Sep 2012, 13:56
Being at Cranfield today, all work stopped whilst we all got a free display from XH558.

Firstly, thanks to the Vulcan to the Sky people as seldom have I lost half an hour's work for a more enjoyable reason.

Second, does anybody know what it was doing here?


19th Sep 2012, 14:24
Not sure why it was here, but I got an overhead air display in the back garden :) Fantastic. Never get tired of that sound and the ground shaking :ok:





19th Sep 2012, 14:26
Was walking through farmland in Woburn Sands when I suddenly heard the Vulcan howl followed by a very low flypast straight over head!

No idea what she could have been doing, her display season is officially over so it will only be private displays/movements from now on.

Maybe it is to do with the fact that the chairman or chief pilot (or other high ranking member of VTTS, can't remember who) is local to the area. You'll see him driving around in his Jag with num plate "RAF 1", which you also see behind the tent at airshows!

19th Sep 2012, 14:28
According to a social website, they were up flying with the Blades and possbily a Spitfire at Sywell for raffle prize winners - used Cranfield for practise display... Wish I was back down in Bedfordshire now and again, and this is one of those times!!! You can follow XH558 on this well known social website = @XH558

19th Sep 2012, 17:11
My wife went blackberrying in the Cranfield area this afternoon, and had great delight in telling me when she got home how fantastic the aircraft looked and sounded!!!

Pity I didn't know in advance - maybe there's a moral here somewhere...

20th Sep 2012, 01:43
I only found out 10mins before it was due and I knew I wouldn't make it there in time! Gutted I missed it.

20th Sep 2012, 07:40
Excellent picture that first one in your series, thank you :ok::ok::ok:

20th Sep 2012, 09:32
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Cheers, very happy, I don't have an SLR at the moment, so that was with my Fuji Compact camera, with the Sun not in the ideal position.

Still, it did help he was skimming the roof of my house :eek:

20th Sep 2012, 10:50
Sadly it seems some of the best displays get flown at places where there's hardly anyone about. Lucky for the few who get to see it though.

Not sure why they needed to waste valuable engine cycles with a practice at Cranfield anyway seeing as they're past the end of their display season. :confused:

20th Sep 2012, 15:13
Remember seeing XH558 at Cranfield circa 1991 for its advertised last ever public flying display, with "Farewell" written inside its bomb bay. Glad neither ended up being true :D


20th Sep 2012, 15:59
That first picture is amazing, cool, slightly sinister, and for a machine that old it still looks like something from the future. Brilliant!

20th Sep 2012, 17:53
Yes, that first pic looks GREAT with the curious exposure!

Was fortunate to see her at the Bournemouth show a few weeks ago = Perfect. Also saw the Blades for the first time = Bunch of Bonkers Boys!

21st Sep 2012, 07:21
Couple more photos, that I managed to grab.