Black Buck 1
of Vulcan bomber
XM607 over the South Atlantic Ocean
from Ascension Island to Port Stanley and back.
May Day / 1982
Victor tankers and a
Nimrod participated in this complex
In addition to the 8 'refreshments' of the Vulcan I guess there were
many Victor-to-Victor fuel transfers.
of 21 x 1000lb bombs affected the Vulcan's fuel
i.e. 7 refills outward; and only 1 refill on the home run.
This Black Buck
story caught my eye
37 years after the Falkland Islands were invaded.
I was a draughtsman and design engineer at BAe (A.V.Roe) Woodford for
about 30 years
(including 1982) and worked on all of the aircraft types
features greatly in my memories.
1993-September-30 she did a series of fly-pasts as a farewell tour
of the UK.
BAe Woodford, Cheshire was on the list. I
was there. It was the day I retired !
Later, 1993-Nov-30-1250 GMT, XH672 (Maid Marian) was directed
RAF Shawbury where she was broken up with
the Aerospace Museum at RAF Cosford.
This romancing began for me when
as a school-boy in the 1950s
I purchased many issues of Air
Pictorial from our newsagent.
My thanks to
Wikipedia and their contributors for much of the above data.
The sketch plan is my own
to Wikipedia/Operation Black Buck
Footnote and group
& script were found
on the internet and might be Crown copyright.
The Vulcan crew : In the centre is captain Flt Lt
flanked by Flt Lt Bob Wright
plotter); Flying Officer
Flt Lt Gordon Graham (navigator); Flt Lt Hugh Prior
(Please help me to place the last four names in left-to-right order.)
And out of the frame, Flt Lt R J Russell (air-to-air refuelling
his station would have been the supernumerary seat between the pilots.
Squadron Leader Tuxford (mentioned above although not shown) was
captain of XL189 one of the one of the
So let's see where this leads to. If necessary, please offer me
Latest amendment 06 Aug 2019