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.
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.
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.
We are planning to arrange a philatelic treat to our supporters. We recently commemorated the Black Buck 1 mission at Bruntingthorpe. As part of this celebration we have arranged with the Adjutant of the Canberra WT333 Team to produce a series of Black Buck first day philatelic covers.
To commemorate the historic flight of Victor XL189 on Black Buck 1 we have produced 189 numbered covers to be flown on a flight from the UK to Ascension, the Falklands and return. They will be Ascension Island postmarked over the 65p Vulcan stamp. They will be signed by Martin Withers, who flew Vulcan 607, and the crew members of XL189, Bob, Glyn and Mike. There are also 50 similar covers but with C-130 + Sea Harrier stamp instead plus a few stamped with other aircraft stamps in the Ascension Island series. All have appropriate fillers.
ALL WERE CARRIED ON BOARD TEASIN TINA XM715 ON THE AIRCRAFT RUN ON 30TH APRIL 35th.
We await the resumption of direct flights from Ascension Island to the Falklands but in the meantime if you wish to show an interest please use the our contact form and we will update you on progress.
We offer a philatelic cover stamped with GB issues cancelled by the Birmingham Special Handstamp Centre with their Leicester permanent philatelic postmark dated 30th April. They also were on board our run on 30th April. They will be signed and for sale.
The weather was perfect, the crowd was great and we all had a good time. Over 140 enthusiasts and Black Buck veterans attended the event at the Whittle Building, Cold War Jets Museum. Flypast magazine organised an excellent photo shoot catering for all photographers in front of the aircraft- we even had re-enactors complete in an immersion suit.
The run was trouble free although an unfavourable cross wind meant the run was towards the thresh hold. The boys coped with some initial computer problems but delivered the presentation and after an excellent buffet lunch, we hope our old and new friends departed happy with their experience. We have added a few more pennies to keep Tina on the road, so thanks to you all. I will add a gallery of the day shortly.
Tickets to attend the event on 30th April are now available through our site. The day will feature an aborted take off demo, photo shoot, memorabilia sales and signings, a Black Buck 1 mission briefing and the chance to meet many of the aircrew and planners involved in this extraordinary operation.
On Sunday 30th April 2017 at the Cold War Jets Museum we are commemorating the 35th Anniversary of the Black Buck 1 bombing mission of 30th April 1982. 18 Victor K2 and 2 Vulcan B2 sorties were flown to accomplish the task and recover all aircraft safely to Ascension Island. Our day will contain a photo shoot of Victor XM715, an aborted take off demonstration and a mission briefing. Several mission participants are expected to attend. The day will start at 1030 and conclude around 1600. Watch our web site for booking information.
The run by Tina at the Open Day was right in the block hole. 715 behaved impeccably this time supervised by the world’s oldest AEO riding in the back- Ian “Sparky” Stewart. The AAPP rewiring worked and normal engine starts were followed by a faultless aborted take off run. Congratulations to the hard working ground engineers in making this possible. Not to bde out done, and after a great deal of hard diagnostic and rectification work, Nimrod 226 gave her bvest- another faultless display, albeit shorter due to the rudder damage. Well done all of you!!