. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight of Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bomber, are preserved and dedicated to the memory and the achievements of all those (in the RAF), who fought during WW2. Those aircraft were the best that British industry could produce at the time. + + + + + + + + + + + Thankfully, only a comparatively very few servicemens lives were ever lost during the period of the Cold War . . . the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. That should be sufficient justification, for all the British aircraft mentioned below (with other aircraft then in service that might have been omitted below), to be remembered . . . not for how they performed in combat and/or during conflicts, but that their capabilities and their very presence were sufficient to actually deter and prevent major conflicts from developing. It is suggested that a Cold War Memorial Flight, should and could be assembled to represent all the aircraft that were again the best that British industry could produce at the time. They would also stand as testament to the achievements of our once great, imaginative and productive, industrial base. + + + + + + + + + + + During the last week of June 2011, it was reported (BBC Radio4), that the last operational Nimrods R1 were to be retired - I think they are/were based in Cyprus? During the first weekend 02/03 July 2011, the privately owned, last remaining airworthy Vulcan, was listed as appearing at the Waddington Air Show, in Lincolnshire. The private owners of the Vulcan, would probably appreciate the complimentary hangerage; and, access to spares and maintenance facilities; that would be available, if the(ir) aircraft were allowed to be associated with a Cold War Memorial Flight. In the RAF, there is still flying operationally, Victors (as Tankers), and the venerable VC10 (as Transport and Tankers). With the privately owned Vulcan, it is suggested that whilst they are still available, the best airworthy airframes (and sufficient other aircraft to be cannibalised for spares), of all the above should be saved from the scrap-heap, and be preserved as a, Cold War Memorial Flight Other smaller - although no less spectacular - aircraft that could/should be included, might be examples of the Canberra, Buccaneer, Lightening, Hunter and Harrier. + + + + + + + + + + + OK, yes . . . a bit of a left-field, out-of-the-box, off-the-wall suggestion, as we are now facing (probably) the most serious financial situation the country has ever had to experience. But, that is NOT sufficient reason to dismiss, veto or refuse to consider the suggested, Cold War Memorial Flight Our present difficulties are only transient. Without the contribution of all the above, we would probably have been experiencing far more difficult, indefinite and probably permanent hardships . . . . . such as those still remembered by all the once Eastern European Soviet satellite countries . . . that we have now welcomed within the EU and NATO, and refer to as Central European countries.