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Spirit Of Great Britain
Avro Vulcan XH558 “The Spirit Of Great  Britain” is the only airworthy example of  the 134 Avro Vulcan V-bombers that were  operated by the Royal Air Force from  1953 until 1984. Vulcan XH558 served  with the RAF between 1960 and 1985 in  the bomber, maritime reconnaissance and air-to-air refuelling roles. The RAF operated XH558 as a display  aircraft from 1986 until 1992, when  budget cuts forced its retirement. It is  operated at present by the ‘Vulcan to the  Sky Trust’ as a display aircraft, funded  entirely by charitable donations and the  UK Lottery's Heritage Fund. It is  registered with the United Kingdom Civil  Aviation Authority as G-VLCN but has an  exemption to fly in Royal Air Force  markings as XH558.  The first Vulcan took to the air for its  maiden flight on 30 August 1952. The world’s first delta-winged bomber to  reach operational service, the Avro Vulcan was one of the cornerstones of Britain’s  nuclear deterrent during the height of the  Cold War. In later years it was adapted for conventional bombing and saw active  service in the Falklands War. The largest delta-winged aircraft in  service in the world, was capable of very  
The V Bomber - Avro Vulcan
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high subsonic speed and climb to  heights in the region of 50,000ft. Its  very large bomb-bay accommodated  either conventional or nuclear bombs,  both of which could be delivered with  the aid of a radar-controlled blind-  bombing system.  The delta bomber was involved in one  of the most ambitious British bombing  raids since the Dambusters raid of  World War 2. On April 2, 1982 Argentinian forces  invaded the Falklands by surprise. A  quick response was required and a  retaliatory plan was devised named  ‘Operation Black Buck’.  On 30th April, A Vulcan bombed  Stanley airfield in the first of the Black  Buck raids. Three Vulcan’s, drawn  from Nos. 44 and 50 Squadron then on the verge of retirement, were deployed  to Ascension and from there one flew  3,500 miles - with airborne refuelling -  to drop twenty one 1,000lb bombs on  the runway from 8,000ft at 0438 hours  local time before returning to  Ascension. It had been refuelled 17  times en route by Victor tankers and  was airborne for 15 hours 45 minutes  to complete the longest bombing  mission on record at that time. 
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-------------------- Remarque image size 61cm x 37.5cm approx. single £134 double £183
Border sizes will vary dependant on print option.  
--------------------- Medium Print image size 43cm x 26.5cm approx. £49 --------------------- Large Print image size 61cm x 37.5cm approx. £69
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