TANKEX TO SYDNEY

Performing the first non-stop flight from England to Australia was a highlight of No 617 Squadron’s Vulcan years

Vulcan B1A XH481 leaves RAF Scampton on the morning of 20 June 1961, bound for Sydney, Australia, and a new aviation record.
ZUMA PRESS/ALAMY

When the RAF’s ‘V-force’ held the responsibility of providing Britain’s nuclear deterrent, power projection was an important part of its task.

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