Adrian’s career also took him to RAF Finningley, where, as a Squadron Leader, he commanded the Dominie Squadron from 1985 to 1988, and returning as a Wing Commander, was OC Operations and Pilot Training Wing from 1991 to 1993. (The Station closed 3 years later in 1996.) On both occasions, Adrian spent a great deal of time working in the very hangar where XH558 is housed today.
Living locally, it is perhaps unsurprising that he has volunteered to be a member of our hangar team, so he brings a wealth of experience on all things Vulcan that he will no doubt pass on to the tour guides and to anyone who is fortunate enough to join one of his own tours.
We welcome Adrian and look forward to more fascinating stories and pictures over the coming months.
Please find attached a series of photographs I took on Sunday 13th June 1982 when the RAF Detachment moved XM573 into the SAC Museum at the end of the disused runway at Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. As you can imagine, it took a number of hours as the Vulcan was squeezed into place. We were lucky in places where the Vulcan wing was low enough to go under some of the parked aircraft, and in the case of the ‘Hustler’ – just high enough to go over! (see photo).