2012 UK Aviation News

APR 24 2012
Aviation News >> UK: Bruntingthorpe hosts unique event to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict

During the event, the Handley Page Victor, which, in May 1982, played a vital role in refuelling the Avro Vulcan as it flew on the longest bombing mission in history, that to disable the runway at Port Stanley, will be carrying out one of Bruntingthorpe's trademark fast taxi runs. And in this, the 30th anniversary year of the Conflict, she will be operated by members of the actual crew who flew her in the South Atlantic to support that now famous ‘Black Buck’ mission.

Pilot Bob Tuxford and AEO Mike Beer will both be on-board XM715 'Teasin' Tina', just as they were on-board a Victor on the fateful night of Black Buck One, where they formed part of the crew that provided the Vulcan's final refuelling on it's return to Ascension Island, despite being critically low on fuel themselves.

The event will also feature runs by many of Bruntingthorpe's other resident, active aircraft, including the Nimrod, which also played a role in The Falklands Conflict, Comet, Lightning, Canberra, Jet Provost, Hunter and Iskra.

Another sight, and one which can only be seen at the Leicestershire airfield, will be an appearance by no less than three Buccaneers, all taxying in close formation. These classic jets, like all the based aircraft, many of which played a significant role in keeping the peace during the dangerous years of the ‘Cold War’, are now maintained in a ‘live’ state and to a high standard by dedicated and hard working teams of volunteers.

Visitors to the open day will also be given the opportunity to meet the pilots, including Martin Withers DFC, captain of Vulcan XM607, the aircraft which carried out the aforementioned Black Buck One bombing mission on the night of 30th April / 1st May 1982.

Event organiser, Dave Walton, said: “This is a great opportunity for the public to visit what is a totally unique event, and to help to commemorate and recognise some of the men who helped us to recapture The Falklands.

"They will have the chance to experience, and in some cases re-live, the incredible sights and sounds provided by our collection of aircraft, all of which have long retired from active service, but which helped to keep us all safe during the Cold War – the War that, thankfully, was never fought.

“The icing on the cake, of course, will be the appearance of the Victor and her Black Buck crew. It will be very special for us all to acknowledge the bravery and dedication of these men.”

The home-based aircraft will carry out spectacular high speed runs throughout the day, along the airfield’s two mile-long runway. There will also be opportunities to view and experience cockpit tours of the other static aircraft in the collection, including the Super Guppy, Comet, Sea Vixen and Lightning.

A wide range of souvenirs and memorabilia, including those of the Lightning Preservation Group and the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, will be available, in addition to hot and cold refreshments.

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2012-05-14 - Steve Norris
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