The Spirit of Great Britain by Barrie Woodward

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Vulcan B Mk2 XH558 first flew on 1 July 1960 and was the first B Mk2 to be delivered to the RAF. She was also the last Vulcan to leave RAF Service on 23 March 1993.

Now privately owned by a registered charity ‘The Vulcan to the Sky Trust’
Back in 2009, the costs to fly the Vulcan ran out at £19,000 per flying hour.

Seen here with air brakes deployed coming in to land at RAF Fairford.

Sony DSC-HX1


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My pictures are taken with a Sony DSC-HX1. What you see is pretty much what comes from the memory card, with maybe a touch of rotation and or cropping.
I probably wouldn’t be taking so many pictures if it weren’t for the camera. It has been worth every penny as it has captured some great memories since I got it in 2009.
Feel free to comment on any of the pictures. I’m all for learning how to improve.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 2 years ago

    Great shot. – Ted

  • Thanks, Ted. I tried the same shot the previous year, but didn’t get it all in frame. Just managed to get it right this time

    – Barrie Woodward

  • mike  jordan.
    mike jordan.about 2 years ago

    Great capture , i saw her twice last year at Abingdon & Yeovilton she just takes your breath away,

  • Thanks,
    A very distinctive sight and sound

    – Barrie Woodward

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 2 years ago

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    Great image, Congratulations!
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  • Thanks very much

    – Barrie Woodward

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 2 years ago

  • fototaker
    fototakeralmost 2 years ago

    great shot, and yes i can see the air brake on top opened – can imagine that’s needed to slow enough to not off off into someone’s farmland or front room!! congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks. The Vulcan was only recently just back up in the air following an incident in May 2012 involving the ingestion of silica gel desiccant bags, which destroyed both port engines. Thankfully, the Vulcan To The Sky Trust had access to a pair spare engines, which were certified, fitted and tested with full airworthiness being achied for RIAT 2012 in July 2012. That’s some going for a charitable trust.

    – Barrie Woodward

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...almost 2 years ago


  • Thanks very much for featuring :)

    – Barrie Woodward

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