One British classic aircraft from WW2 helping out its Cold War compatriot at Scottish airshow.
This video was filmed on Sept. 5, at Prestwick airport, during the Scottish Airshow 2015 and it shows the last flying Vulcan bomber experiencing a nose wheel failure before landing.
As you can see in the interesting footage (that includes also radio comms on the Tower frequency) the Vulcan performed a flyover then initiated a right hand turn to land on runway 30. However, the nose gear did not extend fully and the V-bomber performed a second flyover before starting orbiting to the north of the airfield.
That’s when a Spitfire of the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) came to help: the WWII plane called up on the radio and asked if there was anyway he could help by giving the Vulcan a closer look from underneath the aircraft.
As the bomber slowed down to below 170 knots, the Spitfire formed up on its right wing and confirmed that the nose wheel was not properly extended.
In an attempt to unblock the gear the Vulcan performed some aggressive turns that eventually freed whatever was holding the nose wheel from extending allowing the Vulcan (preceded by the Spitfire) to perform a safe landing.
Well done to everyone involved in the emergency!
H/T to Alistair Moir for the heads-up!
Absolutely KICKASS!! I have no idea why nobody else has commented on this?!
i am still stunned by the “vulcan effect” … this plane is amazing!
good and professional landing, but from 8:04 to 8:10 two birds pass in front of landing avro vulcan (almost a bird strike). drama resolved in a good british manner … there are three vulcans left: in the video seen is the XH558, the other two are not in flying but taxiable condition, XL426 and XM655.
also a mishap but good ending:
avro vulcan XH558 demo flight in july 2015