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https://flic.kr/p/ow1dgx | ‘The present and future – Avro Vulcan B2 launching a Blue Steel stand-off bomb’ | Illustration by Hardy for the article Fifty Fighting Years – Half A Century Of British Air Power by John Taylor. From the Eagle Annual, 1963.

https://flic.kr/p/ow1dgx | ‘The present and future – Avro Vulcan B2 launching a Blue Steel stand-off bomb’ | Illustration by Hardy for the article Fifty Fighting Years – Half A Century Of British Air Power by John Taylor. From the Eagle Annual, 1963.

Handley Page Victor.  To think this beautiful plane (as well as the Vulcan) was designed and built within just 7 years after WW2!!

Handley Page Victor. To think this beautiful plane (as well as the Vulcan) was designed and built within just 7 years after WW2!!

The navigator-plotter of Victor B.1 XH928 of 10 Squadron at RAF Cottesmore, seen in position through the window of the visual bomb aiming position, June 1959

In Cold War pictures, how the RAF has always been ready to face Russia

The navigator-plotter of Victor B.1 XH928 of 10 Squadron at RAF Cottesmore, seen in position through the window of the visual bomb aiming position, June 1959

RAF Avro Vulcan XL384 carrying a Blue Steel missile over Niagara Falls in 1965 (MOD/Crown Copyright)

RAF Avro Vulcan XL384 carrying a Blue Steel missile over Niagara Falls in 1965 (MOD/Crown Copyright)

Avro Vulcan VX770 landing at Farnborough a little after the first flight.  Note the double air brakes under the wing, later reduced to single units on production aircraft.

Avro Vulcan VX770 landing at Farnborough a little after the first flight. Note the double air brakes under the wing, later reduced to single units on production aircraft.

Vulcan B1 XA896 seen at RAF Waddington in August 1957. This aircraft was piloted by WC AD Frank and his crew who were selected in participate in the 1957 Strategic Air Command bombing competition held in Pinecastle, Florida. Note the aircraft is not in the more familiar all-white gloss finish. XA 896 was one of the first Vulcans to be delivered to 230 OCU

Vulcan B1 XA896 seen at RAF Waddington in August 1957. This aircraft was piloted by WC AD Frank and his crew who were selected in participate in the 1957 Strategic Air Command bombing competition held in Pinecastle, Florida. Note the aircraft is not in the more familiar all-white gloss finish. XA 896 was one of the first Vulcans to be delivered to 230 OCU

Avro Vulcan, one of the fabled V-bombers that bombed Port Stanley (Falklands) from RAF Waddington, Lincoln.

Avro Vulcan, one of the fabled V-bombers that bombed Port Stanley (Falklands) from RAF Waddington, Lincoln.

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