Black Buck 1
of Vulcan bomber
XM607 over the South Atlantic Ocean
from Ascension Island to Port Stanley and back.
May Day / 1982
Eleven Victor tankers and a
Nimrod also 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 the aircraft types
Victor XH672 (mentioned in
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 !
1993-Nov-30-1250 GMT, XH672 (Maid Marian) landed for the very
her resting place RAF Shawbury, where she was broken up
with some parts going to 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 photograph
This photo & script, found
on the internet might be Crown copyright.
Webmaster comments :
Squadron Leader Tuxford (not shown in the photo) was actually
captain of one of the one of the eleven Victor tankers (XL189).
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The Vulcan crew, left to right :-
Flt Lt Martin Withers (captain,
pilot 36); Flt Lt Bob Wright (radar
Flying Officer Peter Taylor (co-pilot); Flt Lt Gordon Graham (navigator);
Flt Lt Hugh Prior (air electronics
Verified by Martin Withers (RAF ret.) in Haynes Manual/"Avro Vulcan"
ISBN 978 1 78521 083 9
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.
So let's see where this leads to. If necessary, please offer me
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