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Vulcan Pilot redeployment

Old 19th Dec 2018, 08:00
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Vulcan Pilot redeployment

What happened to the majority of Vulcan pilots on retirement of the aircraft from service? Could they go back and train for aircraft such as Buccaneer, Tornado etc?
I ask because Ive been told by a friend that his relative was a Vulcan pilot and eventually flew with the red arrows. Im interested to know how that would have been achieved.
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 08:05
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The White Arrows?
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 08:12
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The usual dispersal I expect - both throughout its service and when it closed - to other types, to CFS and some from there to FJ. There were a couple of ex V-Force chaps at Valley when I was at AFT I think. This one fits the bill (haha) for a Vulcan to RAFAT story - Vulcan To The Sky - Memories of RAF Scampton
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What happened to the majority of Vulcan pilots on retirement of the aircraft from service? Could they go back and train for aircraft such as Buccaneer, Tornado etc?
I ask because Ive been told by a friend that his relative was a Vulcan pilot and eventually flew with the red arrows. Im interested to know how that would have been achieved.
Two of my UAS instructors were ex-Vulcan pilots. One went fighter control for a few years and then to CFS to become a Bulldog QHI, the other (my instructor) spent a number of years on C130s before moving to Bulldogs. He finally moved to Boscombe Down to become the ME QHI on B Sqn but suffered a massive hearth attack before finishing his training onto types and ceased flying.
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I also know of two who went Rotary.
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I also know of two who went Rotary.
Obviously the cream of the crop!
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Some went to the Nimrod fleet
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 11:35
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One went fighter control for a few years
One!! The crew room was full of them! IIRC we Lao picked up a fair few Britannia aircrew as well.

Many were here planned to do one or two tours then move on to Nimwacs. As it was a few moved on to the Shaklebomber, others transferred permanently and some just retired.
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I know of at least one ex V-Force Pilot who moved across to the F4 in the early 80's
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
One!! The crew room was full of them! IIRC we Lao picked up a fair few Britannia aircrew as well.

Many were here planned to do one or two tours then move on to Nimwacs. As it was a few moved on to the Shaklebomber, others transferred permanently and some just retired.
I meant 'one' of the 'two' ex-Vulcans QHIs on my UAS - not 'one' of the entire Vulcan Force
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Originally Posted by oldbeefer View Post
I also know of two who went Rotary.
I knew one who went Rotary/SAR. He was one of the first on the scene at Piper Alpha, then a few months later at Lockerbie.

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Old 19th Dec 2018, 13:49
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Well in my case it was Nimrod, VC10, then Tristar although the 'default' posting for a lot of my colleagues in '82 was CFS.
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I was an ex-Vulcan Nav Radar who transitioned onto Tornado and know of quite a few Vulcan pilots who also made the jump across.
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I can confirm what 212 man states. We had one guy who came to instruct on Bulldogs. Caused some amusement that he couldn't fly them at night, but could the Vulcan. Another chap I came across was flying Andover's.
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A fair few ended up at CFS on either the JP or Bulldog and as has been mentioned by OvertHawk there was at least one who went F-4.
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Some copilots went to Valley as QFI. Our second then moved on to Cathy and became a training captain. Another on our sqn, also a QFI end up in Calf of Man.

A few years earlier many became sim instructors, another became a FAC.

Captains I know were medically discharged; became a taxi driver in Canada; became a yacht skipper in Caribbean; became a Victor sqn cdr; Buccaneer pilots; one of the Black Buck pilots went to 10s followed by Heavy lift.

In fact a fair number of V-Force Captains went VC10 and one, to his surprise made Air Cdre and OC Brize.
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 16:47
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This ex Vulcan chap certainly did alright for himself. I did his FHT on the Puma.
I still admit to rather admiring the bloke, despite him never liking me much, especially after I declined to take the 'C' exam while he was Stn Cdr!

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I can confirm what 212 man states. We had one guy who came to instruct on Bulldogs. Caused some amusement that he couldn't fly them at night, but could the Vulcan. Another chap I came across was flying Andover's.
Hmmm well I seem to recall doing rather a lot of night low level TFR sorties but perhaps it was all a dream ;-)
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Old 19th Dec 2018, 18:03
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I was a QFI on Vulcans and was posted to Canberras. Then the Falklands came up and I was held on the squadron until Port Stanley airfield was built.
I went to Canberras and when I went to the posters to have my palm read before retirement and they said that after a couple of tours on the Canberra and perhaps a tour on Jetstreams, I might go on to VC10s. By that time the VC10 would have been older than the Vulcan when I joined it in 1971! Needless to say, I left at 38.

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Old 19th Dec 2018, 19:09
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This ex Vulcan chap certainly did alright for himself. I did his FHT on the Puma.
And I did his on the Wessex at Shawbury! He was a bit good and a brain the size of a planet - Jupiter to be precise!

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