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Vulcan B2 44 Sqn 2 by WS-Clave Vulcan B2 44 Sqn 2 by WS-Clave
The Avro Vulcan entered service with the RAF in 1956 as part of the 'V-force' of Cold-War nuclear deterrent bombers which included the Valiant and Victor.

The earliest load for the Vulcan was the 10-kiloton Blue Danube nuclear gravity bomb, which was quickly replaced by the Violet Club and Yellow Sun Mk 1 and 2 all of which were 400-kiloton weapons.

The Red Beard 25-Kiloton tactical bomb was also employed, but the largest and most specialised load was the Blue Steel stand-off missile which was fitted into modified Vulcans and had a range of 150 miles and a 1.1 megaton warhead.

As the deterrent force was handed to the Navy, the Vulcans were adapted to conventional bombing roles and the standard load was 21 x 1,000lb standard gravity bombs. The only combat missions flown were in 1982 very near the end of the Vulcan's life, during the Falklands/Malvinas war.

This example is a B.2 of 44 Squadron RAF during the 1982 Black Buck missions, carrying 4 x Shrike AGM-45 anti-radar missiles.
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Hitme2 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
there needs to be anougher Vulcan in the air. They need to get the one that does high speed runway passes in the air.
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comradeloganov Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XM605 keep the full wraparound for the Falklands? The other Vulcans I've seen from the conflict have the blue-gray underside.
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:iconws-clave:
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I had the wrong reference info - fixed now...
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:iconcomradeloganov:
comradeloganov Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. Looks great!
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:icontruemouse:
truemouse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Slightly paler too. Older plane so more faded?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Woah... sharp eyes! I think I just picked the wrong colour from the palette lol
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:icontruemouse:
truemouse Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
I just put it down to that it's a little older there than in the other picture and so the paintwork had been bleached by the sun. I'd say leave it. You probably chose those colours subconsciously for that very reason, that it just looked right.
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