- Boundless member exclusive! Only open to members
- Meet pilots of the Vulcan campaign
- Private viewing of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford
- Drinks reception under the wings of a Vulcan
- Three-course dinner with wine
- Tickets £99pp
It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943.
In April 1982, after Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands, the Avro Vulcan was called back into service. Its mission was simple, but the reality was more complicated as the aircraft was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it would be required to travel was four thousand miles beyond its maximum range.
Find out more with Boundless, as we remember the role of the Vulcan in the Falklands War with an evening at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
This exclusive member event takes off with a drinks reception under the wings of the Avro 698 Vulcan and a private viewing of AirSpace – a dramatic exhibition that tells the story of British and Commonwealth aviation, from the earliest pioneers to the latest hi-tech aircraft, including the Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber and Concorde.
Dinner will be served in one of the Imperial War Museum’s galleries, where you will enjoy a three-course meal with wine, to the sound of live music.
During your meal, our special guests (see below) will introduce themselves and be on hand to answer your questions. Afterwards, our experts will discuss the history of the Falklands missions, why the Avro Vulcan aircraft restoration project was the most complex and demanding ever completed, and how the nation fell in love with this icon of British aeronautical design.
Professional photographers will be on hand throughout the event to capture memories of the evening, and you’ll have free access to these photos after the event.
Our guests for the evening will be:
Vulcan pilot, Martin Withers
If there’s one person who really knows his stuff when it comes to flying Vulcan Bombers, it’s Martin Withers.
This guy’s done it all – he was principal pilot on one of the most daring missions in RAF history, an 8000-mile, 16-hour round trip to bomb the runway at Port Stanley, a crucial first step in liberating the Falkland Islands in 1982. Martin was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the raid and, in total, amassed 2000 hours flying time in the bomber’s cockpit.
As our guest speaker, Martin will tell us all about the drama and excitement of being at the controls of a Vulcan, both in military action and then later as a display pilot. On leaving the RAF, he then flew commercially, clocking up thousands of hours in various aircraft, including the Airbus A320 and Boeing 757.
There’s very little that Martin doesn’t know about flying – and it will be fascinating hearing him relive those days as a Vulcan pilot beneath the wings of one of those very same aircraft.
Vulcan pilot, Jonathan Tye
Jonathan entered the RAF in 1962 and trained on Jet Provos and Gnats. 1964: Co-pilot, Vulcans, 27 Squadron. 1967: Qualified flying instructor, JPs. 1970: Vulcan captain and QFI, 9 Squadron, Cyprus. 1973: OCU 230 training co-pilot and captain to fly Vulcans. 1975: Squadron captain, 44 (R) Squadron, QFI and display pilot flying 69 displays in UK, USA and Canada. 1978: JPs, training navigators low-level navigation. A pilot’s dream job of low-level flying, formation and aerobatics. 1980: retired from RAF.
Jonathan is also one of the few pilots to have ejected, crashed, ditched and force-landed – and survived. He trained Martin Withers during his Vulcan captain’s course and they have remained great friends since.
Vulcan Navigator, Anthony Wright
Anthony Wright’s RAF career spanned nearly four decades, joining in 1960 when he trained as a navigator. He was a crew member on many aircraft, including Vickers Valiants and Avro Vulcans, becoming Navigator Radar Leader with 35 Squadron.
He then qualified as a Staff Navigation instructor and served at RAF Cranwell, later becoming an instructor on 230 OCU training navigators on Vulcans, Victors, Buccaneers and Phantoms.
During the Falklands War in 1982 he was posted to RAF Northwood, where he undertook a vital role planning and advising on the long-distance Black Buck raids to attack Port Stanley during the liberation of the Falklands.
Later he served with 50 Squadron, the last to fly Vulcans, in their role refuelling other aircraft in mid-air.
Since retiring from the Air Force in 1998, Anthony has co-written two books, Valiant Boys and V Force Boys, with Tony Blackman.
Please note that tickets will be available to purchase through Boundless until Monday 11 November at 9am. Boundless tickets are only available in advance and cannot be purchased on the day of the event.
Not yet a Boundless member? Join today for £27 a year to book your tickets for the Celebrating the Avro Vulcan event at the Imperial War Museum.
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR
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How can I get there?A
IWM Duxford is south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from central London and approximately 40 minutes from Junction 27 on the M25.
IWM Duxford is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the north, via the M11.
There is ample parking on site which will be free to members during this event.
What are meal options? What if I have any dietary requirements?A
For the evening meal there is a selection of two starters, two main courses and two desserts.
Ham hock terrine, spiced chutney, melba toast
Vegetable terrine, spiced chutney, melba toast (v)
Chicken breast, seasonal potatoes and vegetables, caramelised shallot, stuffing, gravy
Stuffed butternut squash, seasonal potatoes and vegetables, caramelised shallot, stuffing, gravy (v)
Winter Eton mess
During the booking process you will be asked to select your meal choice. There will also be an opportunity to inform us of any dietary requirements you may have. Please note that meal choices cannot be changed on the night.
Your table will be served with red and white wine throughout your meal. Sparkling and still water will also be available. Should you wish to buy additional drinks, the venue will be operating a cash bar.
Are there any age restrictions?A
All ticket holders to this event must be aged 18 or over.
What is the dress code for the event?A
As this is an evening dinner event we ask guests to dress accordingly – we advise smart casual clothing.
I have a friend or family member who wants to come as well.A
Great, bring them along! They can have full use of the members’ area as well as long as you’re with them.
How and when will I get my tickets?A
When you purchase your tickets you will receive a confirmation email with an e-ticket attached. Please print this e-ticket out or show it on your phone when you arrive on the night. The Boundless reception will be clearly signposted.
What time does this event start and end?A
The evening will run from 7pm – 11pm on Thursday 28 November.
What is your refund policy?A
Once you have purchased your event ticket/s they are non-refundable. This is because we have a very limited number of tickets and we may not be able to reallocate them. Tickets may be transferred to your friends or family but please email firstname.lastname@example.org let us know of any changes.
How accessible is the site for people with mobility difficulties?A
IWM Duxford is a fully accessible, wheelchair-friendly site.