I have mixed feelings about this aircraft. On the one hand, it is part of Britain’s technological heritage which has produced an iconic aeroplane whose shape and power is designed to impress. On the other hand, it is a bomber intended originally to carry nuclear bombs to drop on the USSR in the event that the Cold War went ‘hot’. Even if you subscribe to the “Just War” doctrine it is hard to justify a weapon that would destroy on such a massive scale that it is difficult to see how it could discriminate between civilian and military targets.

Still, the distinctive sound roused me from my lunch to discover that we had a view of some of its latest manoeuvres with “The Blades” in attendance. Here are a few photos – not great because they were several miles away (presumably to avoid the built up area of the town).