Vulcan Nose gear emergency

So, the Brits have a gorgeous Vulcan bomber in their warbird collection. Quite possibly the prettiest cold war airplane, the Vulcan served all the way until the 1980s, even attacking the Falkland islands during the 1982 war in the famous Black Buck raids.

Sadly, they’ll have to stop flying her after this year, when her engines operating hours expire. In the meantime, she’s on a last goodwill tour throughout Great Britain. And earlier this month, on September 5th, she almost suffered a calamity. Her nose gear failed to extend properly into the down and locked position. With a little help from a Supermarine Spitfire,  ATC in the tower, and the good old emergency checklist, they managed to get the gear down and land safely.

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3 thoughts on “Vulcan Nose gear emergency”

  1. Out of curiosity, I priced a rebuild on a turboshaft engine for an MU-2. This was back in the 70s and it was over $100K. That was a small engine. I would hate to see what it would take to make the Vulcan’s engines air worthy again.

  2. Vulcan is one of the few attractive airplanes the UK ever managed to produce. Not quite Spitfire, but not bad. I confess I fast-forwarded to the last two minutes and it looked nice on the rollout.

  3. Thank goodness she got down ok. I’d hate to lose the only airworthy Vulcan while they’re getting a 2nd B-29 ready to fly.

    And, yes, she’s a beauty. 🙂 Always liked the Hunter as well.

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