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Vulcan74
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2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Vulcan74 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:36 pm

Hello All

Having just glanced at an old RAF Finningley airshow programme for 1976, and noticed on the flying display list there was only 2 Vulcans taking part in the scramble that year unless it was a printing error!!

Anyone live in Lincoln area in the 70's, I did and a of couple times a month on a Sunday morning a Vulcan would launch from RAF Waddington northbound climbing high often wondered where it was going.

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Re: 2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Leuchars Fan » Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:29 pm

Vulcan74 wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 6:36 pm
Hello All

Having just glanced at an old RAF Finningley airshow programme for 1976, and noticed on the flying display list there was only 2 Vulcans taking part in the scramble that year unless it was a printing error!!

Anyone live in Lincoln area in the 70's, I did and a of couple times a month on a Sunday morning a Vulcan would launch from RAF Waddington northbound climbing high often wondered where it was going.
It's not a misprint Vulcan74, from 1970 onwards about half of the V-Bomber scrambles at Finningley were by two instead of the more familiar four. The had an unusual 3 x Vulcan scramble in 1973 and a Victor scramble in 1961.

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Re: 2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Vulcan74 » Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:44 pm

Was this to save money on the fuel cost?

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Re: 2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Leuchars Fan » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:26 pm

Vulcan74 wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:44 pm
Was this to save money on the fuel cost?
I don't think so, not specifically, between 1967 and 1970 the Vulcan force had shed three squadrons, 12, 27 and 83, two more, 9 and 35 had been sent to Akrotiri and there was a move toward a more tactical strike role while still retaining the deterrent (standby) role. This likely put pressure on operational commitments, training etc, but Vulcans for demonstration scrambles at air shows varied, Finningley had another 4-ship in '72 then back to two again until the Silver Jubilee. The last one at Finningley was a swansong, 19 September 1981, that was the final 4-ship :)

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Vulcan74
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Re: 2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Vulcan74 » Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:25 am

Thanks for that much appreciated.

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Re: 2 Ship Vulcan Scramble!

Post by Leuchars Fan » Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:52 pm

You're welcome sir!

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