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Avro Vulcan Giclée Art Print

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High quality illustration of an Avro Vulcan, a British strategic bomber jet of the Cold War era, one of the three 'V Bombers' operated by the Royal Air Force at the time - alongside the Vickers Valiant and Handle Page Victor. The Vulcan was a highly technically advanced aircraft, known for its distinctive delta wing design.

The Vulcan entered service with the RAF in 1956, and immediately became key to the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent, carrying the Blue Danube gravity bomb. Nuclear-equipped Vulcans were kept ready to launch on four minutes notice at every RAF bomber base from 1962 through to 1970, after which the Royal Navy took over the primary role in the nuclear deterrent; the Vulcan would carry WE.117B nuclear bombs for the rest of its service lifespan.

As a conventional bomber, the Vulcan saw its first and only combat missions in the Falklands War. The Black Buck raids, as they came to be known, saw Vulcans (supported by refuelling aircraft) fly 3,889 miles from Ascension Island to the Falklands to carry out bombing runs against the airfield at Port Stanley - then, the longest-range bombing runs in history. The efficacy of the Black Buck raids is debatable, disabling the runway only briefly, though Argentinian sources reveal that the success of the raids saw Argentina Mirage III fighters withdrawn from the islands.

Nineteen Vulcans survive to this day, albeit none of them airworthy. Fifteen of the surviving Vulcans are currently on display in the United Kingdom, with three in the United States and one in Canda.

This illustration by Rob Wisdom is a high-quality Giclée art print on cotton-rich fine art paper.