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Avro Vulcan B1 XH475 of No 101 Squadron RAF Finningley at Bergstrom AFB, Texas in 1959. Chas Bland recalls:

"I was the crew chief who 'collected' 475 from AVRO's at Woodford in February 1957. It was the first Vulcan of B Flight of 101 Squadron. The picture shown was taken at Bergstrom AFB in Texas in 1959. The event was the SAC Bombing Competition and the Victor in the background was flown in by AVM Cross the boss of Bomber Command at the time. Not seen in the picture is a Valiant which was parked alongside 475. I had a leaking hydraulic pump, the replacement for which was brought in by the support team required to service the usually unserviceable Victor. I did ten years as a Vulcan crew chief from 1956 to 1966, that was on Mk1 and 1A. I was involved with the Mk2s from 1974 to 1980 at Akrotiri and Scampton."

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