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OT - one for the fly boys

As there seem to be a few ex-military pilots on this site, I thought I would post these for you - can anyone identify the aircraft? Though I don't think anyone on this site will have flown this one, I hope the photos I am posting may have given enough clues to its identity without making it too easy.
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I'm not ex-militrary but it looks like a Vulcan cockpit to me.

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Judging from the size and 4 engines, I'd say it has to be a Vulcan?
However, the only one I know old enough to have flown something from that era is Al.... ;-)

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The RAF was still flying V bombers when I got to the UK in 1980. The Vulcan was still being used as a bomber and dropped bombs on the Falklands while I was still at RAF Lakenheath. The Victor, another of the three V-bombers, was also still being used as an aerial refueling tanker, then, but since it only had the drogue system and our F-111Fs used booms, we never got to refuel from one.

Who can name the third V-Bomber?

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That was classic Jimmy, lol....

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Yes, it's a Vulcan. Or at least part of it: sadly only the front end of this one remains intact.

And the third V-bomber was the Valiant, I believe.

This is a B2 cockpit on loan to the Jet Age Museum, in Gloucester, displayed on a raised framework, with the access ladder down, for visitors to look inside. We were lucky enough to be given a guided tour last week by a former Vulcan navigator - absolutely fascinating!
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What we're you doing there Bluebottle, did you not have a cricket match to play in or watch?

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What we're you doing there, did you not have a cricket match to play in or watch?
You can watch cricket and do just about anything else at the same time. And still not miss a thing.

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Judging from the size and 4 engines, I'd say it has to be a Vulcan?
However, the only one I know old enough to have flown something from that era is Al.... ;-)

LOL David.

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You can watch cricket and do just about anything else at the same time. And still not miss a thing.

My point exactly.....,its an utterly bloody boring English crappy wasteful idiotic stupid mind numbingly pointless game!

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My first flight was in a C-47 with my father as pilot, Oslo to Wiesbaden. My first light airplane flight and the first airplane I got to fly myself, was a J-3 Cub.

Valiant is correct, Peter.

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Dear Taz,

My first flying experience was in the N3N canvas covered bi-plane sea plane on the Chesapeake in 55. My take away lesson was how difficult it was to judge wave height from low altitude.

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Admiral- That definitely one-ups me on early flight. Judging height above the ocean and sea height have always been a problem seaplanes, and even high performance aircraft, have had. I have tons of time low level overwater from flying in the UK , and it is very difficult to judge altitude. Thankfully, we had a radar altimeter to help. None on the Yellow Peril you were flying.

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What we're you doing there Bluebottle, did you not have a cricket match to play in or watch?
Actually I find cricket intensely boring, too. Just couldn't resist . . .

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My first flying experience was in the N3N canvas covered bi-plane sea plane on the Chesapeake in 55. My take away lesson was how difficult it was to judge wave height from low altitude.



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The aircraft launch ramp is still there on the Severn, Admiral. Cool picture. Not too many people know that David Taylor Research site was a seaplane base.

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Actually I find cricket intensely boring, too. Just couldn't resist . . .

I had a hunch you were tickling me 👍

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Admiral, this looks like it was taken up the Severn River just north from the Academy on Round Bay. Can you confirm?
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Dear Al,

To my knowledge we never went further up the Severn past the David Taylor ramps. Every flight I made was to and from Annapolis Roads area well to the west of Greenbury Point. I recall being told to stay well clear of the very high antennas which heavily populated that spit of land.

I have no idea where the first photo was take, did not necessarily happen on the Severn

The attached photo was taken from the shoreside of the David Taylor ramps.

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My first flight was in a C-47 with my father as pilot, Oslo to Wiesbaden. My first light airplane flight and the first airplane I got to fly myself, was a J-3 Cub.

Valiant is correct, Peter.

My 1st flight was to Mallorca, aged 8, I went with my Parents & Sister....my 2nd was to Lloret de Mar aged 11, same travel companions & again a holiday, no idea who the captain was, also the inboard entertainment & food were non existent.

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