Vulcan raiders – watching history over the fence

It was a quiet day at RAF Waddington, but history was about to be made. Bob Dunn recalled witnessing a memorable event in the May 2012 issue of FlyPast

With a day off work and a good weather forecast, a day touring airfields in Lincolnshire was called for. It was April 29, 1982 and Pete Moss and I headed to RAF Waddington.

With 27, 35 and 617 Squadrons having recently stood down at RAF Scampton the four Vulcan units still operating from Waddington (9, 44, 50 and 101) had been swelled slightly with aircraft from its northern neighbour – no less than 27 deltas were parked out.

Vulcan XM607 starts its take-off run as XM598 taxies out. All photos author
Vulcan XM607 starts its take-off run as XM598 taxies out. All photos author

Apart from the customary to-ing and fro-ing of vehicles all was disappointingly quiet and we contemplated moving on. But then a civilian cutting the grass on a tractor came over and mentioned that we should be careful today as “something was going on”.

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