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Avro Vulcan B2 co-pilot's view of high-level cruise with the SFOM sight in place. The sight was used for low-level bombing so the photograph is somewhat contrived. No doubt a visual released was scheduled for later in the sortie. SFOM is an acronym for Societé Francaise d'Optique et de Mechanique. Were the sights robbed from Canberras? Harmonising the sights took all day: the aircraft was jacked-up, the angle of attack measured using an inclinometer in the main wheel bays, a mechanical tubular sight was bolted in front of the windscreen and I recall a pendulum and starplate? in the cabin; somehow some figures were extracted and the sight aligned.
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