|Andy Kellet (left) & Sid Buxton reunited with XL231|
Andy qualified as a K2 Captain at the young age of 26. Both Andy and Sid operated the Victor through the Gulf War of 1991 and up to the end of operations in late 1993. Sid had the honour of carrying the Standard of No55 Sqn at the Disbandment parade of the last Victor squadron.
|Sid back in his familiar seat|
Despite almost 20 years passing since both had been inside a Victor it was apparent that the memories were very clear and the flightdeck was becoming familiar again after an hour or so sat in there with the aircraft powered up. They said it was just the same, smelt the same but inside is too clean "bloody hell it's clean in here, they were never this clean, you must have a vacuum in here!!" - that spring clean last weekend certainly didn't go un-noticed! Many tales were recalled and the day passed very pleasantly.
|Andy back in the Captains seat|
I am sure Andy and Sid will be back for another visit soon and may even do a guest article for the blog! Hopefully we will be able to share their Operation Granby tales in a later post. It is always an honour meeting ex-Victor crew; it really does make all the hard work worthwhile.
Please do get in touch if you served on Victor's we would love to hear from you.