Think of the Cold War era and you’ll no doubt think of the enduring image of Avro Vulcan bombers lined up and waiting at 4-minutes readiness at one of the RAF’s airfields in eastern England. The RAF’s delta-wing Vulcan V-bomber was the cornerstone of Britain’s Cold War nuclear deterrent during the 1950s and 60s when the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation.
The centerpiece of the Avro Vulcan Manual from Haynes is Vulcan XH558 – the last flying example of a Vulcan until it was retired in 2015.
Celebrating the might of this iconic Cold War warrior, the new and updated edition of the Avro Vulcan Manual includes a fully illustrated new chapter that looks at Vulcan XH558’s air display career up to and including its final flight in October 2015, and its future as a ground-based taxiable exhibit at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster.
The Haynes manual, which has been fully endorsed by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, tells the story of the Vulcan’s design, construction, operational history and the restoration to flight of XH558. It also reveals what it was like to fly the V-bomber during the Cold War, including the famous long range ‘Black Buck’ missions during the Falklands War.
Packed with more than 330 photographs and illustrations, this book has been written by Avro Vulcan experts Andrew Edmondson, Tony Blackman and Alfred Price. The new chapter that brings the story up to date is by military historian and author Chris McNab.
Andrew Edmondson, who is one of the authors of the manual and Engineering Director at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, commented: “The Vulcan was designed in an era when British aviation technology was the envy of the world. Even today, Vulcan XH558 is considered a ‘complex’ aircraft, yet we restored her and operated her to amongst the world’s highest safety standards.
“The Haynes manual provides a fascinating insight into how she works, from the people who know her better than anyone else. The level of research for facts, diagrams and illustrations is really impressive, providing a book that has something of interest to everyone, from their design and operation to the remarkable stories of the people who flew them.”
This title joins other military aviation manuals in the Haynes line-up, including most recently the Avro Shackleton Manual, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Manual, Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk Manual and RAF V-Force Manual.
To find out more about Vulcan XH558 and this remarkable project, visit www.vulcantothesky.org to sign-up for the Trust’s free eNewsletter. You can also like Vulcan XH558 on Facebook.
About the authors
The expert author partnership comprises Tony Blackman, ex-RAF aircrew officer and Vulcan test pilot, Andrew Edmondson, Engineering Director on the restored-to-flight Vulcan XH558, Alfred Price, acclaimed aviation author and former Vulcan RAF aircrew officer, and Chris McNab, an author and editor specialising in military history and military technology.
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