A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

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A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by TSR2 » 15 Oct 2012, 23:16

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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by dodger » 15 Oct 2012, 23:35

Hello,

Mr West was right in what he said but don't forget that President Kennedy had the B52's flying 24Hr's,

I got married in April 1962 and still remember today the feeling of that time as i was 21yrs old! i can honestly say it was Frightening.

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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by Tomliner » 16 Oct 2012, 08:24

I well remember this period,I don't think that there has been a more frightening time since,thank goodness.i was in the ATC at the time and we were booked for air experience flying in Chippies at RAF Newton that weekend and we still went there but of course the flying was cancelled.The tension was almost unbearable.What a relief when the crisis ended!EricT
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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by Rich » 16 Oct 2012, 08:31

In April 1962 we formed 22 Recce Flight in Wolfenbutel then on the East / West German Borders we had 3 x Saro Skeeters, maybe we played a part since there were no Vulcans anywhere near us.

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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by Garry Russell » 16 Oct 2012, 09:40

I was only five, yet, I remember the tension and the hushed discussions between adults...there was certainly something up.

It was scary even for a young 'un :hide:
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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by speedbird591 » 16 Oct 2012, 10:04

I was a member of CND around 1960 and spent my weekends on protest marches around Tunbridge Wells. It didn't seem to make much difference so by '62 I'd become fatalistic and played Bob Dylan songs over and over and drank brown ale waiting for the bombs to drop :wasntme:

The thing that words can't describe and only those of us who were there knew, was the feeling of inevitability. It really did seem like the end and there was no solution. It was unbelievable that Kruschev backed down. Nobody ever thought that would happen. Including Kennedy, I suspect!

Who remembers Chris Fry from this forum about 6 or 7 years ago? He used to tell us the most wonderful stories about his days on Sunderlands and V-bombers. He was on Vulcans in 1962 and told us what it was like to be on standby knowing that a scramble meant that the world was already at war, they wouldn't return and that their families would die. Sobering stuff. I don't know what happened to him but he had been ill and went to live with his daughter in the West Country and never returned to the forum.

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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by TSR2 » 16 Oct 2012, 11:37

Hi Ian,

I've no idea how Chris is, I must admit I'm terrible and keeping up to date with folk. :(

I was reading the article on the BBC about North Luffenham being given listed status and had a look on Bing Maps. It looks like an old Phantom and Harrier still there... http://binged.it/SXM46L
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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by VC10 » 16 Oct 2012, 13:04

I recently article in Classic Aircraft in which a former V-Bomber pilot said that the UK was at such a defense state the bombers should have been dispersed around the country but MacMillan decided against it so as not to stoke the fire any further.

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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by Vancouver » 16 Oct 2012, 18:27

I think I was born a skeptic, I certainly remember not being convinced that hiding under my school desk would protect me from those New Kleer bombs. :doh:
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Re: A nice little Vulcan "What If" story

Post by Tomliner » 16 Oct 2012, 18:34


I think I was born a skeptic, I certainly remember not being convinced that hiding under my school desk would protect me from those New Kleer
I think you were being misled.You were supposed to go in the cupboard under the stairs! Foolproof :lol: EricT
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