and some pictures..
ah, wonderful! Those of you under 30 or cursed with living in uncivilised foreign countries no longer under the auspices of the mother country, will probably never have seen this superlative aircraft, which on it's own puts your silly stealth technology and carbon-fibre and fly-by-wire whatever to shame. When I was a kid, these things were still in front-line service and the sound of a flight or squadron of them taking off was incredible (and the smoke!) Amazingly, a Vulcan could rotate and then climb almost vertically. and you'd just see this huge triangular slab of metal going up with a stream of dirt coming out of it. Every year we'd go to Finningley for the RAF's top show and the Vulcan scramble was always the highlight (along with the Belfasts disgorging Daleks, which was a hoot)
Maybe if someone restored some Handley-Page Victors, and even a Vickers Valiant, and then get the English Electric Lightnings & Canberras back up in the air, and the Hawker Hunters and Blackburn Buccaneers*, we could see again what the RAF was like when we had a proper air force with proper British planes made by proper British companies and not just overpriced rubbish bought off the shelf from the flippin' Yanks, and cr*ppy European *consortium* YooroFartairs that we make the seatcushion stuffing for and the pilot's watch strap
The Vulcans only ever saw live action once, when they bombed Port Stanley airfield during the Falklands War. Needless to say the raid was a complete success and unlike certain other countries that can't fly warplanes very well, we didn't kill any civilians or hit the wrong target.
*Buccaneers were of course actually Fleet Air Arm planes that the RAF took over after the fleet carriers were retired, but who cares? They were still great planes produced by British companies, before everything got ruined by Duncan Sandys and then the amalgamation into BAe; personally I blame the Common Market and/or the Americans, but then I blame everything on the Common Market and/or the Americans. England Prevails!