Watch out. He’s coming to get you!
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It’s not a spaceship at all (but looks like one). It’s a helicopter.
In today’s plastic and electronic world, we often seem to lose sight of how important engineering skills are to us. And, we especially lose sight of how important solid engineering training is. We certainly don’t always seem to make things like we used to. Perhaps it is because our politicians mostly read PPE at Oxford or are former lawyers. They wouldn’t know a spanner if it hit them on the head! That leads me to ask the question…what exactly are our politicians good for? Answer (as in the song): ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
It could almost be a spaceship! The photograph was taken from the ‘back room’ of the Vulcan where three ‘back office’ crew members would have sat. It will be clear from the image that the Vulcan bomber was not build for comfort.
If the firing pin interrupter mechanism didn’t work, there was every chance you would shoot your own propellor off.
Over 57,000 aircrew were killed during World War 2 (46% death rate). I can’t help wondering how many more young men and women will be killed if fighting breaks out (again) in Iran/Iraq and beyond. Ultimately a pointless and tragic loss of human life. We never seem to learn.
A curious way to look at an aircraft perhaps. For a long time, I rejected this image but, for some reason, it works for me today…
When flying was exciting!
Sheer undiluted power. From an era when we British used to build fine aircraft. A Lightning (AKA an intercontinental ballistic missile with a pilot sitting on the top!)
We used to print, frame and sell this image. We called it ‘Vulcan Spray’. We sold hundreds of them.
The time when the pilot flew the aircraft…
From the days when every flight was an adventure…