We certainly knew how to design and build them back then but these things were outdated by the 1970's and only kept in service due to budget
restrictions and the unwillingness of any government of the period to invest in new up to date bombers.
Still they were a beautiful and deadly relic of the cold war and arguably one of the best looking aircraft of the NATO alliance for a very long time,
cockpits that were reminiscent of Flash Gordon and there unmistakable delta winged design made them iconic (on a side note I don't know how accurate
this would be but I believe War Rocket Ajax from 1980's Flash Gordon Movie may have been partially inspired by the Vulcan as well as the art deco
style of the original comic book series and cinema featurettes *** ).
Though they were designed for long to medium range missions they were meant for the western European and western Russian theatre of conflict in event
of war and designed to deliver nuclear bombs on targets at an era when ICBM's were still in there relative infancy so when it came time for the Royal
Air Force to be called upon to use them to help in the liberation of the Falkland's it took some logistic planning and it was just possible to do it
(though like the Doolittle raid of WW2 carried out by the US against Japan many regard there participation as more public relations).
The Harrier is still my favourite plane of all time though and beside that the us iconic A10 Tank buster which is probably one of the most iconic
aircraft that has ever flown, I like the appearance and design of Sweden's Saab aircraft as well but I know very little about aviation so will but out
and leave this discussion to the more enlightened.
*** what say you could this movie prop have been inspired by the Vulcan?.
edit on 19-2-2021 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)
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