Vulcan has important place in our history

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SADLY, as Airbourne approaches, once more the sour whingers and knockers creep out of the woodwork and from under their stones.

I applaud those who endeavour to provide the best attractions for Eastbourne during the summer and hope they recognize the majority of us support them wholeheartedly.

It was nice to see the carnival reintroduced and Magnificent Motors brings a good event to the eastern end of the town.

With the Red Arrows committed to Moscow at the time of Airbourne we needed a big attraction to fill the void.

Personally I’m a little tired of some of the repetitive displays and look forward to the introduction of new aircraft.

The Vulcan has an important place in the history of British aviation and should be viewed in that light. It is amazing to think it was designed by the same Roy Chadwick who gave us the Lancaster and its younger brother the Lincoln.

The leap from piston power to multiple jets was huge and the Vulcan, along with the Victor and Valiant, were very advanced and designed to face a perceived danger at the time.

I will never forget the awesome power and the gasps from the crowd at Farnborough when Avro’s test pilot Roly Falk rolled it in the climb after take off.

Nor should we forget the incredible feat of getting that one Vulcan over the runway at Port Stanley.

The Olympus engines that powered the Vulcan were further developed to give life to the other great British achievement, Concord. XH558 is not a war machine any more. It is simply a reminder, as is Flying Scotsman of the achievements of British engineering since the Industrial Revolution.

I would be far more impressed and supportive if those who care so much about pollution devoted their time to removing the horrible stench coming from certain fast food outlets and getting rid of the ridiculous bus stop build outs in Seaside which cause far worse pollution all year than one aircraft for one day.

GARTH PORRELL

Seaside