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The Director, Andrew Brookes, used to fly Vulcan XM655 on No 101 Squadron and he has arranged a Leading Edge visit to see the old girl at Wellesbourne Mountford on Sunday 22 April 2012. The visit will consist of a talk on the Vulcan in the Cold War in the briefing room of the South Warwickshire Flying School, followed by a guided tour of XM655 both inside and out. The 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society will be on hand to operate the aircraft systems and to show us around. XM655 still has all her Cold War navigation, bombing and electronic warfare instrumentation in place.
We can take a party of up to 50 to Wellesbourne on 22 April. To spread the load, the first 25 will be briefed and shown around between 1100-1230 hrs and the second 25 from 1400-1530 hrs. The airfield cafe will be open for lunch and our visit coincides with an airfield open day, so there will be plenty to see and do. Priority will be given to Leading Edge members but other Air League members can come along if there are space places. Everyone will be responsible for getting themselves to and from Wellesbourne and each attendee will be asked to contribute £10 to 655 MPS funds. You will need to buy lunch and any other souvenirs.
If you would like to visit XM655 on 22 April, please contact Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please give her your membership number and indicate whether you prefer the morning or afternoon session, or if you could do either.
On 3rd October, twelve Air League Leading Edge members ventured down to the historic Brooklands Museum in Surrey. The group was hosted by former British Airways Concorde Manager, Captain Mike Bannister.
Brooklands was the world’s first purpose built motor racing circuit, constructed in 1907. Not only was the site the birthplace of motor sport, but also aviation, boasting a vast centre for aircraft design, construction and flight testing for most of the 20th century.
Captain Bannister kindly showed the group around the historic museum, followed by a tour of the British Airways Concorde “Delta Golf”. The group were lucky enough to experience what it would have felt like to fly as a passenger on Concorde, and also had the chance to sit in the cockpit. The young members were then treated to a tour around one of only two Concorde Flight Simulators. The simulator has been restored to its original health after being abandoned and destroyed upon the grounding of Concorde.
Many thanks to Captain Bannister and all at Brooklands Museum for making the day out a great success.