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Are you talking about Glenview, Illinois, USA? If so, I doubt that there
was anything that might be called a "crash". Vulcans used to visit Chicago
for an airshow every year about that time. With my interest in aviation
(and the fact that up until a month before August 1, 1978 I worked just
outside the NAS Glenview fence) I would have been aware of a crash. That
doesn't mean there wasn't a much more minor incident.
I am trying to find out more about an alleged crash at Glenview, August 1,
involving a RAF Avro Vulcan.
I saw the crash. The crew was practicing a stunt for the next day's airshow. The stunt was a deliberate engine flame-out followed by a stall and after about 3 it seconds the engines were supposed to refire and let the pilot recover from the stall. Thing is, the engines never came back up and the Vulcan fell out of the sky. I was working at a warehouse adjacent the Glenview NAS runway and took my breaks watching Harriers land a hundred feet away and the Vulcan processing the routine. It ws impressive when it worked very sad that it did not 11 Aug, 1978/
I worked on 617 , the aircraft you refer to was practicing for the airshow , some children from a local orphanage were meant to see it but were delayed , when they arrived the vulcan had done its rehearshal but for the children they did the rehearsal again, sadly the wing tip clipped an aerial mast which tipped it into the ground ,
I stood by the gravesides and fired my rifle at Scampton , the aircrew are buried at Scampton village churchyard , and when I pass from time to time I stop and say Hi.
Derek Lawrence, Know to the aircrews as Frogg.
The aircraft was XL390 of No. 617 Squadron.
A flypast with two engines at idle was followed by a climb-out and turn
out towards the engines under power. The other two engines had not yet
fully responded to the throttle movements, and the fuselage moving
across the airflow into the intakes caused a momentary blanking of the
live engines. Virtually unpowered, and at an awkward angle of bank, the
bomber was unrecoverable and crashed into a dump close by the airfield.
(From Avro Vulcan, Ken Darling, Crowood Press)