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Postby Tom M » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:43 pm

Hi everyone, my name's Tom and I'm excited to have joined Iconic Aircraft. I've been a reader for a while and decided it was finally time to register! I was present during the dismantling of Vulcan XM652 at Waddington in the early 1980s, although I was only 4 or 5 years old at the time so probably not particularly helpful!

I'm extremely interested in aviation with a soft spot for British Cold War era designs like the Vulcan and Lightning. I come from Sheffield and currently live across the pond in Washington, DC. Whenever I'm back to visit family and friends I try and head over into Lincolnshire for a look around. Last time it was via Binbrook (or what's left of it) and then down to Waddington to see XM607. Not quite like the old days but still lots of history to explore!

For anyone interested in reading about XM652's last fateful months at Waddington, I wrote about it in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5659
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Mayfly » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:59 pm

Welcome again Tom :D
In memory of a very dear friend - Mike Pearson

Very fond memories of Robbie Gilvary - DTs 1st Vulcan Captain who taught DT all he knew.
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Tom M » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:24 pm

Mayfly wrote:Welcome again Tom :D

Thank you very much :)
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Cluny » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:33 pm

Welcome to Iconic Tom :)
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:54 pm

Welcome Tom

Looking forward to your input!

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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Jigsaw » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:33 pm

Welcome to IA Tom :)
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Lucas1860 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:44 pm

Welcome friend.

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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby RLN » Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:47 pm

Hello, Tom.
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby MOD » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:27 pm

Hi Tom it's good to have you with us. When you lived in the UK did you ever visit Binbrook and take any photos? Perhaps from CG3??
(After all Sheffield to Binbrook is not too far). ;)

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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Tom M » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:35 pm

Thanks so much for the warm welcome everyone, and I'm excited to participate in the forum!

"Iconic Tom" - now that is a new one, but thank you very much :)

MOD - I did visit Binbrook on many occasions! I was only 9-years-old when the base closed in 1988 but I remember it vividly. My Dad took a lot of photos back then. Some time when I'm back there I'll try and dig them out and scan them. I've also been back on several occasions - most recently last Christmas. It's a sad site now and the main site is in a poor state of repair, but great that there's still a Lightning up there (plus a second dismantled one and another down in Binbrook village). I'll dig out some photos and post asap. When were you last up there?
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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:05 pm

Hello and Welcome Tom.

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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby MOD » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:54 pm

Tom M wrote:Thanks so much for the warm welcome everyone, and I'm excited to participate in the forum!

"Iconic Tom" - now that is a new one, but thank you very much :)

MOD - I did visit Binbrook on many occasions! I was only 9-years-old when the base closed in 1988 but I remember it vividly. My Dad took a lot of photos back then. Some time when I'm back there I'll try and dig them out and scan them. I've also been back on several occasions - most recently last Christmas. It's a sad site now and the main site is in a poor state of repair, but great that there's still a Lightning up there (plus a second dismantled one and another down in Binbrook village). I'll dig out some photos and post asap. When were you last up there?


I used to visit fairly regularly when I lived in Hessle East Riding and even more so after my kid brother was posted there in the late 70's. I was there for the last and then the last/last Lightning flights in 88.

Perhaps we could start a Binbrook topic ;) Please dig out what you can and post them up here.


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Re: Hello from Washington, DC!

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:59 pm

Yes I was there too! ;)
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