The following image shows Avro Vulcan XH558 (carrying civil registration G-VLCN), the only airworthy bomber of a fleet of 134 Vulcan V bombers operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984.
Vulcan XH558 is not a rare plane, since it has been the highlight of several airshows in the UK, but what makes this image unique is the fact that it was shot from another legendary plane: a Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster PA474.
In 1943 Lancaster bombers of the 617 Sqn conducted daring night attacks against the Mohne, Eder and Sorpe dams, pivotal to Hitler’s industrial heartland in the Ruhr Valley.
Image credit: BBMF Facebook page (thanks to Panos Angelopoulos for the heads-up)
Since radios were not so advanced, audio clips from World War Two are quite rare.
This make the following radio chatter clip of a Lancaster bomber being attacked by a German fighter during a war mission over Germany particularly interesting.
The crew seems to panic as the German plane engages the Lancaster shortly after the latter has dropped its bombed, and the captain at one point shouts “Okay, don’t shout all at once!”
Eventually one of the gunners manages to bring down the German fighter.
H/T to Wilson T King for the heads-up
Released by the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the following footage brings you on board an Avro Lancaster bomber of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight during the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee flypast over Buckingham Palace on Jun. 5.
The video was filmed from the Lancaster’s nose bomb aimer position, located just below the Frazer Nash FN5 nose turret, and from the cockpit.
Enjoy the view of London from the large transparent perspex nose cupola.
And here’s the video taken from a Spitfire.