Tribute to the V-Force 2012
Newark Air Museum
28th & 29th April 2012
Despite the best efforts of the British weather the third Tribute to the V-Force event at Newark Air Museum passed off successfully. As anticipated from the pre-event bookings, around four hundred (400) former V-Force personnel attended the event on 28th and 29th April 2012; and this year there was a marked increase in the number of former ground-crew in attendance, who were a welcome addition to the event.
Most V-Force Squadrons, Bases and aircraft types were represented at the reunion, whilst in the museum's display hangar 2 hosted a wealth of visiting displays. In the mixed weather conditions these proved to be major attractions to the visitors and the reunion attendees.
On April 28th three different BBC film crews were on site taking the opportunity to record interviews with the elite former-RAF personnel that successfully operated Valiants, Victors and Vulcans in defence of the United Kingdom. These interviews will form part of two different BBC documentaries about the V-Force and its aircraft.
Team members from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire were also in attendance establishing Cold War era contacts for their ground-breaking Oral History Project – 'Shouting the Odds'.
As ever Newark Air Museum's own V-Force veteran, the famous Avro Vulcan bomber XM594 proved to be a highlight for the visitors. However even XM594 was eclipsed by Avro Vulcan XH558, which was perhaps the star of the event. The world's only flying Vulcan was undertaking a currency flight out of its base at Doncaster Airport and it performed three flybys of the event in tribute to the former V-Force personnel that were in attendance.
Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions