DSC_1847Back in July I was commissioned to cover The Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford, Gloucestershire.  As well as the corporate press photography I got a chance to test my new Nikon 80-400mm zoom and shot some of the air displays.  The big draw for the crowds was the impressive delta wing Avro Vulcan, which was making a final appearance.  I have some very tenuous links with the Vulcan, which came flooding back to me from my childhood memories.  Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I was a member of the ATC (Air Training Corps)and as a keen participant in a model aircraft competition I built a model of the bomber.  I poured hours and hours into gluing and painting only to be crowned 2nd place (they say time heals all wounds and 40 years on and I’m still getting over it).  The next link was a friend of mine and fellow cadet who won a place on board the Vulcan as it patrolled the skies during the cold war.  The flight lasted hours and mainly consisted of him reading the crews porn mags.  As I’m typing this I’ve been reminded of the Vulcan in action over the Falklands and reading all about it as a school boy in the sixth form.  I don’t want to get too heavy but as the Vulcan touches down for the last time, It brings into focus the passing of an era.  An era in which we made stuff.  Pioneered stuff.  Lead the world in technology and in the case of the Vulcan it paved the way for Concorde and the Space Shuttle.