The VULCAN - what a beast ! Remember going to Jennycliff to watch the Plymouth air display, and here was the VULCAN, circling Drake's Island and the Hoe like an enormous bat. On his last run, he began to climb, and you could hear the engines starting to run down, and he sideslipped. Much panic amongst the assembled boats watching the display, and then VROOM - he cut in his afterburners and climbed vertically, barrel rolling up into the clouds, with a noise you felt as well as heard. What it was like when they scrambled them for exercise at Waddington et al, I hate to imagine.
Lujon - Could I push the envelope and be un Monsieur TÃªte Ã Claque and say 4 Bristol Olympus engines and go on to really be pedantic and say that the Messerschimdt 109 went through test & development flying on Rolls Royce engines whilst the Ubermensch developed their own??
You are not wrong HTP, the Vulcan had a variety of engines but none of them had reheat. There was a test bed Vulcan with a reheat engine slung underneath, which unfortunately crashed at Swinderby. Magic beast never the less. Tin Triangles for ever!
Watched a 'chase me' trial (when I worked with BAC) between an F5 (I think) chasing an EE Lightning over Dhahran Airbase during a passout parade in Saudi in 79/80.
As they flew over, the Lightning just stood on its tail, afterburners came on, and 'whoosh' the beastie left the F5 standing in mid-air as though it was hovering.
Also witnessed (during the 90s with BAe) a flypast of an F15, followed by what I can't recall now, followed by a Tornado at a graduation parade of RSAF Officers.
We heard the noise of the F5 coming to, and going away from us.
The next one (I keep thinking Harrier or Jaguar - but I might be wrong), we didn't hear coming but the racket as it disappeared into the distance.
The Tornado - nowt heard coming or going, just an almighty crack of sound as it went over our heads - almost a brown trousers moment !!
As most of us were ex British Forces (RN/RAF), you can guess we were more than chuffed at that !
The most impressive sight i saw was a Aussie F111 do a pass over the crowd line (Pre-Ramstein) dumping fuel. It then lit the afterburners and you had the longest and hottest trail of burning fuel ever seen (pre-Concorde) which you had to shield your face from! But that was 1977 and the HSE would never allow it now........................
They sometimes got diverted to Lossiemouth. When i was stationed their. All in white, nuclear and awsome. You could never get near them, as they were garded by the RAF regiment fully tooled up :thumright: