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WOW. Beautiful air-to-air video of the last flying Vulcan, XH558. 
By +laurens van de Craats 
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Saw this flying over my house loads when the Farnborough airshow was on. Set off a couple of car alarms!
Scribbled on the back of an envelope in the 1940s. Only flown in anger in 1982. Retired in 1984. Return to flight in 2007. 

Gotta love the howling tin triangle. Hope the Trust can keep her going after this year, but 2013 may be the last chance to see her airborn.
Nice. I saw one at an airshow at Pease AFB in NH in the early 1980s, it was very impressive.
Glad to see a piece of history like that still flying.
+Richi Jennings Thanks for the excellent links!

This is one English aircraft I knew nothing about until your post today. I generally consider myself an aviation fan when it comes to combat aircraft, but admittedly I have much more to learn.
Still amazes me that a weapon of war can look so damn gorgeous. 
It's certainly quite sexy for the time period it was invented in.
Vulcan was the most successful of the three "V-bombers". The other two were Victor and Valiant. 

Background: British scientists, with help from a German, a Swede, an Austrian and an industrial team at ICI, began the work that became the Manhattan Project (known as Tube Alloys). This genesis of Manhattan played key roles in developing both designs of A-bomb dropped on Japan.

However, the 1946 U.S. McMahon Act prevented post-war cooperation on nuclear weapons, so the UK decided to produce its own, plus the means to deliver it. In the 1940s, this meant high altitude, transonic, strategic bombers.

Once the Soviets developed missiles that could attack V-bombers at high altitude, the mission switched to low-level attack. However, the Valiant and Victor proved unsuitable in that role.

The irony of the Falklands Black Buck missions was that the Vulcan was originally designed for a high-level bombing mission, then crews retrained for low-level, but the only aggressive missions it flew were medium-level!
...and there's supposedly one at Barksdale AFB, near Bossier City, LA, but I don't think it's on display
Ciao Richi bellissima foto conplementi.....
Delta shaped weeks with no tail wing. I had to study aircraft when i was in the military
Lessons learned from the ogival-delta wing/vstab design were incorporated into Concorde, which was a refined, lengthened shape, with drooping tips:

The engines were also derived from Vulcan's Olympus turbines (via the ill-fated TSR2 project), adding afterburner (reheat), a variable nozzle, and an automatic inlet ramp that slowed the intake air to subsonic speed:
The Concordski (Tu-144) wings are superficially similar, but a notably different shape. In the mid-1960s, Soviet spies went looking for Concorde's design in France. The story goes that Aérospatiale discovered the plot and fed the spies dummy wing designs (or, at least, very old versions, from before they incorporated the lessons from Vulcan). The only way they could make the design work was by adding canards.

However, the 144 was structurally flawed, which led to... the Farnborough Paris TU 144 (Concordski) crash [video], supposedly after it bunted to avoid another aircraft.
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