I like how they’re described as “airworthy” (with quotes).
Sadly, they could be fresh off the production line and you couldn’t get an airworthiness cert - complex avionics blah blah.
Daresay they face the same issues as the Vulcan boys did - all the engineers who really knew these planes are too old or dead, and I daresay BAE want nothing to do with it.
Wouldn’t help that there used to be 4 of 'em in Thunder City until one fell on an airshow…
God, reality sucks…
All I need to know is how long the runway needs to be, we have our own airstrip and my best friends on the island own it.
Bugger the RAF, I reckon we could outrun them in one of these
That’s the spirit!
For about 30 seconds
Best invest in LOTS of fuel storage to go with them
That said, the arse-slide-then-up-like-a-rocket take-off still beats pretty much everything else
Don’t think there’s anything still flying in the west that could get near them in a straight line sprint, they could even outpace F-104s in all but one category, at low levels iirc. It’s all about manoeuvrability now.
Not fast, but who needs a runway? Fetlar to Lopwell direct
My dad was a fan & used to fly them (and Sea Vixen) in his Royal Auxiliary Airforce stint in about 1950.
Here leaning insouciantly on one at RAF Honiley
This was in the time before ejector seats where the drill, if anything went wrong, was to turn it upside down, push the canopy off & fall out.
Were Ryanair involved?
They obviously followed the original minimalist H&S guide the RAF had developed.
You have to pay extra for that service.
Next time I’m up there & if it’s open, I’ll have to pay this place a visit.
I need to get there as well, it is about 20 mins down the road from us.