2015 saw the Vulcan XH558 flying it’s
very last Airshow season. Since 2007 the mighty AVRO Vulcan returned to
the Airshow scene thanks to the great effort made by the Vulcan to the
Sky Trust and the thousands of people who supported the project. Dubbed
“The Spirit of Great-Britain”, she safely flew 250 Hrs in
the skies above Great Britain, showing her grace to millions of people.
During the past years, the Vulcan really impressed and was a highlight
on every Airshow she visited, it was called the “Vulcan-Effect”.
The Aviation-PhotoCrew was honored to fly several times with the Vulcan,
and 2015 we had the great pleasure to fly with here on three unique occasions.
During the Yeovilton Air Day, a very unique
formation was planned to open the Airshow. Called theV-Formation, it was
comprising of a Sea Vixen, two Vampires and a Vulcan, signifying British
Both the Sea Vixen as well as the Vulcan are unique and unorthodox British
designs, of which only one of each is still flying today. The Sea Vixen
was to lead, with the two Norwegian operated De Havilland Vampires on
its left and right wing and the Vulcan in the slot position, in a classic
diamond formation. Being part of the briefing for this formation with
the aircrews of all aircraft involved is impressive. An incredible amount
of experience and professionalism goes into making sure all aspects of
the dissimilar formation are discussed, taking the differences in performance
and handling of the aircraft into account, in order to be safe, look good
for the crowd and get some great pictures in the process! While the Skyvan
would be overhead and slightly to the left away from the public at a greater
height and slower speed, the V-formation, as it was dubbed, would pass
over the runway underneath us, in front of the crowd, then do a wide circuit
and make one more pass. Timing was of the essence…
Everything went perfectly according to plan, resulting in a unique sight
never to be forgotten nor seen again by the crowd, as well as resulting
in some amazing pictures by the photographers in the Skyvan.
A second truly unique photomission was planned
over the North-Sea, along the white cliffs of famous Beachy-Head near Eastbourne.
Despite the heavy winds, the weather could not have been any better. The
sky had such a clear air, with some fluffy clouds over the water, almost
like a painting. The high humidity created some awesome vortex over the
delta-shaped wings of the Vulcan. With a last passage over the Beachy-Head
lighthouse, the Vulcan broke off to complete its flight visiting multiple
Airshows and events that day.
At the end of the year the Vulcans last ever
flight was nearing, and in October we planned our very last photomission
over Duxford. With the great autumn weather, the contrast was very different
to the previous photoshoot. The sun was shining low over the horizon, which
created the warm colours. The Vulcan crew showed-off their aircraft for
the very last time, coming close to the Skyvan photoship and breaking away
with the bomb-bay open.
The return of the Vulcan, to the Sky, has had
a tremendous effect the Airshows she visited. With its distinctive shape
and roaring sound it wowed millions of people. It showed with the cooperation
of many, this unique project was hugely successful and inspired many. Having
had the great pleasure to work together with the Vulcan to the Sky organization
and crew, during multiple photoshoots, we are very honored to have been
able to support the Trust with our images. Hereby we would like to thank
everyone who made these flight possible!