XH558, The loved One
"The noise was fantastic. The earth moved and shook as a huge trumpeting
roar set off all the car alarms.
The hairs on the back of my neck stood on end; everyone stood still
and listened and then it appeared.
I fell in love and I knew I would never forget my first Vulcan display".
XH558,The loved One by
aircraft have evoked such strong emotions with the airshow-going
public as Vulcan XH558, THE SUBJECT OF Michael Rondot's painting.
Climbing almost vertically, with black smoke pouring from
its thundering Olympus engines at full power, the Vulcan could
bring any airshow to a complete standstill.
Crowds watched in awe as the majestic delta winged bomber
created a deafening roar of smoke and noise, the sight and
sound of its display an emotional and unforgettable experience
for those who witnessed it.
print is signed by three distinguished pilots associated
with the history of the Vulcan from its heyday as the spearhead
of the RAF's elite V-Bomber nuclear strike force, to Falklands
bomber and finally, the darling of the airshow circuit -
The Loved One.
are honoured to have Lord Craig, one of the most ardent supporters
of the Vulcan as a signatory to this edition.
To support the RAF Museum, three distinguished pilots have
signed each copy
to create a unique and valuable limited edition.
of the Royal Air Force, The Lord Craig of Radley,
Lord Craig entered the RAF in 1951and was a QFI
and Hunter fighter pilot before joining
No 35 Sqn in 1962 to fly the then brand new Vulcan
He commanded No 35 Sqn until 1965 and flew numerous
other types during his distinguished career. He
was Commander-in-Chief RAF Strike Command, Chief
of the Air Staff, Chief of the Defence Staff and
in 1991 was appointed a Life Peer. His affection
for the Vulcan has remained undiminished and he
has the unique distinction of having flown the
Vulcan in every rank in the RAF from Squadron
Leader to Marshall of the Royal Air Force.
Squadron Leader Martin Withers, DFC.
Martin Withers was the captain
on XM607, the first Vulcan to bomb in anger during
the Falklands War. On 1 May 1982, just one month
after the Argentine invasion, Withers and his
crew completed 'Black Buck One', the longest distance
bombing mission in history until that time, and
one of the most significant, attacking Port Stanley
airfield during an 8,000 mile, 16 hour flight
from their base at Ascension Island.
Squadron Leader David Thomas.
David Thomas has amassed nearly 4,000 Vulcan
flying hours since 1964,
during three squadron and two OCU tours. He flew
with the Vulcan Display Flight from 1998 until 1992
and on 23 March 1993 he was the captain of the last
flight of XH558.
He is currently a Jetstream QFI, the senior Lancaster
bomber pilot with the BBMF
and is a key member of the project to return XH558
to flying status.
XH558 thunders into a stormy sky
with black smoke pouring from its Olympus engines.
XH558,The loved One by
size: 27 x 20ins approx
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