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The Avro Vulcan, originally it was painted in anti-flash white shown here. As Soviet air defence improved low level flight was needed to avoid it and the aircraft were painted with a camouflage pattern.

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World's last flying Vulcan bomber faces £600k repairs... or the scrap heap

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US Air Force Boeing B-52 and a Royal Air Force Avro Vulcan flying over Edwards Air Force Base in California. (Photo via Flickr: Kemon01)

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The crew of an Avro 'Vulcan' B.1 bomber pose infront of their aircraft. This aircraft is from 230 Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, in 1959.

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The Vickers Valiant was the first of the V-bombers to enter RAF service in 1955, followed by the Avro Vulcan in 1956 & the Handley-Page Victor in 1957.

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Avro Vulcan. Part of the V-Force, the Vulcan was Britain's airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War. Although typically armed with nuclear weapons, it was capable of conventional bombing missions, a capability utilised in Operation Black Buck during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982. (Photo via Flickr: Kemon01)

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Vulcan bomber probably the most graceful weapon of mass destruction the world will ever know

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