A Very Wet Open Day 26 August 2018

It was an extremely wet Open Day for the Cold War Jets.  Thank you to the photographers and friends who stayed to the end to capture the Victor aborted take off demo – you were heroes and produced some excellent photography.  Many thanks for sharing them with us.

The two jets had a few faults when starting up on Saturday to position down to the start line for Sunday.  No 3 on the Victor got too hot on start and was closed down.  We tugged it directly into wind, it did the trick, just, and 3 and 4 started just within EGT limits.  The Nimrod has not been moved for two years, so problems were anticipated.  The brakes seemed to be sticking on after applications.  A novel solution found after shut down involving a bungee cord to assist the the release of the pedals, assumed as the culprit, worked.

Sunday weather deteriorated around 1030 and set wet for the rest of the day.  However, both the Victor and Nimrod engines and systems behaved perfectly – testament to the work of our ground crew.   The Nimrod fix was excellent and learning from the previous days ticklish engine starts, the Victor was aligned to make best use of any headwind.  After the display they are both now put to bed for the winter.  We do hope to see you in late May.

Amanda delivering a shower and spruce up.

Angry skies during the positioning. © Craig Sluman

Waiting patiently. © Graham Green

Friends positioned for the Open Day. © Richard Wellings

Vortex from starboard engines on power up. © Adam Makewell

Full power, brakes off and rolling!! © Michelle Middleton

Into the run. © Antony Flack

Nimrod rolling. © Bradley Rogers

Damp but satisfied – flight deck happy faces.

Getting ready for Open Day 26 August

Preparations are well in hand for the Open Day and taxy demos on Sunday 26th May.  Tina has had the nose art refreshed and is looking good in the blue sky backdrop.  As usual we will have a host of goodies on sale from our tent- surplus parts, logo’d merchandise and book signings by Bob plus our friends with their excellent book series Out of the Blue, the proceeds from these go to the service charities.   At the last Open Day we were available to the public right up to the time we crewed in on the marshaling apron.  So why not come on over to meet us and ask away, we are always delighted to talk about Victors.  See you there.

Tina gets a face lift and comes up looking good. c Ray Ball








Looking good in the sunshine- preparing for Open Day. c Ray Ball








A Successful Cold War Jets Day Sunday 27th May 2018

The weather was mostly kind on the day after a tremendous thunderstorm during the night.  All display and static aircraft were positioned at the Gilden end of the runway on Saturday, the Victor in position by 6.30.  A lot of hard work had gone into rectification of the AAPP thanks to Terry and Frank.  The team prepped the aircraft beautifully and all set for Sunday.  715 was the final runner bringing a successful show to its end.  The crowds were treated to a figure of eight followed by a full power run.  During the figure of 8, Bob succeeded in rearranging a series of runway bollards into the trees- sorry Dave.  Due to the move to the other end of the runway, power had to come off earlier than we all would have liked but hopefully the earth moved for the crowd.  The move to the other end of the runway provided the camera enthusiasts with a different backdrop of trees and we include some shots from a first timer, Louise Manson.  Well done Louise and thanks for letting us use them.  It was good to return to have the crowd around the aircraft all day as Bruntingthorpe is unique in this closeness with the aircraft, crews and hot exhausts.  Now roll on August 26th – see you there.










Tina Comes In For the Night

Tina was carefully towed in to the Manheim Car Auction hangar at Bruntingthorpe by Dave Walton and our engineering team wing walkers on Friday 23rd March.  She had a roof over her head for one night only to form the back drop for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s event on the Saturday to  commemorate the last RAF flight of Vulcan XH558.  Then back out in the cold!!!  Obliging lady – anything to help with Roy as guardian!!  Lots of hard prep work and an exhausting day – but the favourable comments from the Vulcan brethren were well received.

Nicely done Dave

Snugged in and enjoying the atmosphere

Cold War Jets Open Day Sunday 27th May

Work is well in hand preparing Tina for the Open Day on 27th March.  Roy and Bill are washing down after the hard winter and the engineering team are well into the maintenance schedule.  The event will be centred on the south western end of the runway due to the car storage so the backdrop will be different for photographs.  Gates open at 9am and we will be with the aircraft to meet you before the fast runs start at 11am.  Our Victor memorabilia will be on sale from our tent in the concessionary area.  Hope to see you there.

Wash down starts

Update on our First Day Covers

The project is still alive.  Unfortunately, the deterioration of the Ascension Island runway leading to the cessation of the Voyager staging through to Mount Pleasant has affected our timescales.  We are still awaiting the opportunity to fly the covers on the airbridge through Ascension to the Falklands and will let everyone know when achieved.  We will then be able to offer for sale first day covers signed by Martin Withers and the White 2 crew of Victor XL189 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Black Buck 1 mission.

XL189 Filler

Hot News – Jet Thunder Event Sunday 27th August

Contrary to earlier postings – and with Mr David Walton’s kind permission – there will be a Cold War Jet Thunder Day on Sunday 27th August 2017 at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Bath Lane, Bruntingthorpe LE17 5QS.  

Some of the jewels of British aviation heritage will be on display and giving fast taxi demonstrations along the 2 mile runway.  The participants expected: Victor K2 XM715, 2 x Blackburn Buccaneers, English Electric Canberra WT333, Vickers VC-10K ZD241, Jet Provost, plus the Delphin.

Gates open from 9am. Tickets £15 pp at the Gatehouse on the day. Children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult bearing a valid ticket.

No Cold War Jets Open Day August 27th

Reluctantly, Dave Walton has cancelled the next Cold War Jets Open Day scheduled for Sunday August 27th due to the large number of car movements at the moment on Bruntingthorpe airfield.  He will be liaising with the preservation groups and individuals to see if a few smaller activities with a few aircraft can take place which would only need smaller numbers of vehicles to be moved clear of the aircraft manoeuvring areas.  We will notify on the web of any demonstration planned by Teasin’ Tina so hope we will be seeing you all again soon.