The Newark Air Museum in eastern Nottinghamshire is preparing to stage its Falklands 40th and Cold War Call-Up event, which takes place on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1, 2022.
This two-day event ties in with commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the successful ‘Black Buck 1’ Vulcan bombing raid on the runway at Port Stanley Airport in the Falkland Islands. The raid was co-ordinated by the Vulcan wing at nearby RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, in conjunction with the Victor tanker force at RAF Marham, Norfolk, and launched from Ascension Island on April 30, 1982.
While the NAM’s own Vulcan, XM594, was part of the Waddington wing, it did not fly in the Falklands War, unlike the museum’s Sea Harrier, ZA176, which — as an FRS1 variant; it was later upgraded to FA2 form — flew combat air patrols off HMS Hermes during Operation ‘Corporate’. These aircraft will form a central element of the event, which will be supported by a host of visiting displays and exhibits dispersed around the 16-acre site.
On Saturday April 30, an RAF explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) memorial will be dedicated in the museum’s memorial garden at 11.00hrs, in a short service led by Rev Alan Boyd. This will be followed by the official unveiling of the new RAF EOD display in Hangar 2. On Saturday afternoon and throughout the day on Sunday, Sqn Ldr Mick Haygarth will host various question-and-answer sessions about his time in the RAF and with various RAF EOD units; he will also be available to sell and sign copies of his book, From The Cold War To The War On Terror.
Another aspect of the displays will aim to remind visitors of the roles undertaken by aircraft and aircrews during the Cold War era, while an outdoor aeroboot aviation sale will add to the attraction.
For members of the general public, normal museum admission rates apply. Full listing details about the events can be found on the museum events page of the NAM website at www.newarkairmuseum.org