FLIGHT'S ARCHIVE - ARTICLES ABOUT THE VULCAN
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The first production AVRO Vulcan was delivered for preliminary
acceptance trials in March 1956; initial acceptance was in May; and the aircraft began service with the R.A.F. in August of that year.
Flight reports on the Avro Vulcan B.1 in service with three squadrons in No. 1 Group, Bomber Command,
the Vulcan B.I was an important member of the V-force.
The largest delta-winged aircraft in service in the world, and was capable of very high subsonic speed and climb to heights in the region of 50,000ft.
Its very large bomb-bay accommodated either conventional or nuclear bombs, both of which could be delivered with the aid of a radar-controlled blind-bombing system.
The crew of five, consisting of two pilots, navigator/plotter, navigator/radar operator and air electronics officer, were accommodated in a pressurized cabin forward of the wing leading edge.
Ejection seats were provided for the pilots, but, as with the other V-bombers, the three crew-members would sit facing rearwards in fixed seats.
They would need to escape from the aircraft by jumping through the
main ventral access-hatch.
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