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Vulcan Crew Chiefs



The Long Lead Magazine

"Crew Chiefs do it with a Long Lead"


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The Vulcan Crew Chiefs. A little above the normal ground crew but not aircrew. Signed for the aircraft at the start of each shift and took over the engineering responsibility for the entire aircraft and tradesmen. Flew with the aircraft when it was to land away from base. Some trips could be easy and some quite difficult. At times, a lot of hard work was needed to get the aircraft back to base. A lot of the success was just knowing where to kick the "damn thing."
Most crew chiefs would say that they enjoyed their tour and I think they
would do it all over again if they had the chance




Sadly Bill Dunnett passed away 30th April 2022.

Funeral details below (in Orkney).



Again this year our Tony Smith is organising an informal V Force meet. For 2022 it will be from 12 Noon on Saturday 2nd July held at Waddington Village Hall, Mere Rd, Waddington LN5 9NX. A buffet will be served, to be prepaid to Tony.  All attending must book early (by 17th June latest) by telephone to Tony Smith (01243)553079. All ranks are welcome. 

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