In 1958 the arrival of the Avro Vulcan placed 617 Sqn firmly back in the long-range strategic bomber role. Dr Kevin Wright talks with former crew members about their experiences on the unit.


Vulcan B.2 XL321 from 617 Sqn carrying a Blue Steel practice round. This aircraft joined 617 – the first operational unit to be armed with Blue Steel – at Scampton, Lincolnshire, on January 10, 1962.

No.617 Sqn re-formed at its wartime home of RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on May 1, 1958 with Vulcan B.1s, armed with nuclear and conventional weapons. For success it relied on speed from four Bristol Olympus 101 engines, altitude and the combined skills of its pilot, co-pilot, navigator-plotter, navigator-radar and an air electronics operator.

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