Tribute to the V-Force 2012
Newark Air Museum
28th & 29th April 2012
With just under a week to go until the 2012 Tribute to the V-Force event at Newark Air Museum, staff and museum volunteers are making the final preparations for this two day event, which takes place on the museum's Drove Lane site in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the Lincolnshire border.
The organisers of the event are already expecting more than four hundred (400) former V-Force personnel to attend the event on 28th and 29th April 2012. As with the two previous V-Force events at Newark Air Museum the general public are also welcome to attend and by so doing will get the opportunity to mix with these elite former-RAF personnel that successfully operated Valiants, Victors and Vulcans in defence of the United Kingdom.
In addition to the museum's own V-Force veteran, the famous Avro Vulcan bomber XM594, visitors to the vent will be able to see a host of visiting displays that are being exhibited by other UK based that have connections to the iconic V-Force aircraft; the RAF Bases and their squadrons. These include:
Aviation art displays by Michael Rondot and Jon Westwood.
V-Force model displays of various scales.
Visiting displays by owners of selected V-Force aircraft and cockpit sections including: 655 MApS; Southend Vulcan Group; and Vulcan Operating Company
Equipment saved from scraped aircraft and the airfields used by them.
Military vehicle / Re-enactment group
Dakota flypast on Saturday 28th April
This diverse range of displays will be accessible and enjoyed by the V-Force veterans and the general public alike. We also plan to have a number of museum aircraft open for visiting throughout the weekend.
A special lecture is planned for Saturday April 28th. As the year 2012 marks the 30th Anniversary of the South Atlantic War and also the 60th Anniversary of the first flight of the Victor aircraft, a special lecture is being arranged.
Barry Neal, captain of one of the Victor air-to-air refuelling aircraft on the night of 30th April/1st May 1982, the first Black Buck mission of the Falklands campaign, will be giving a lecture on "Air-to-Air Refuelling Operations in the Falklands Conflict". He will also be giving a brief overview of the first flight of the Victor which took place on 24th December 1952.
This is an opportunity not to miss, because not only was Barry Neal captain of one of a dozen Victors that took off that night, he was also the captain of the Victor that met Vulcan XM607 for its post-bombing refuelling on the way back from the Falklands. The lecture is planned for the early afternoon of 28th April, and it will last for about one hour with time available afterwards for questions.
Normal museum admission rates apply: Adults £7.00, Over 60s £6.00, Children £4.00 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £20.00; Opening hours 1000 – 1700 hours on both days.
The event is open to the public and it all looks set to be yet another tremendous weekend. Telephone 01636 707170 for details or check out news page on the museum website www.newarkairmuseum.org
Newark Air Museum's V-Force veteran Avro Vulcan XM594.
Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions