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Where the Vulcan will be this year

April 27, 2009

Following the salvation of our only flying Vulcan XH558 by the public, The Vulcan to the Sky trust have published her performance calendar for 2009.

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It would appear a shame that Paris has been dropped, but sill, at least we all get to see her flying.

Andy Skinner

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Save the Vulcan

February 4, 2009

Please spend a couple of minutes to watch the following video, and remember why the Vulcan should return to the sky.

Your support is needed

Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to see more

Andy
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24 hour Vulcan Scramble

February 4, 2009
Help Save XH558

Help Save XH558

Father and Son, Robert and Steven Lowe, from Newark on Trent, have conceived a brilliant way of raising funds to help keep the Vulcan, XH558 flying.

The father and Son team, who will be accompanied by crew chief Taff Stone, have set themselves the target of visiting all 15 exisiting Vulcan airframes in and around the country within a 24 hour period.

They would be starting at East Fortune at 00.01 with XM597.

They will be joined on different legs by surprise guests and staged events to encourage them on their way.

Fellow club members will be acting as coordinators at each location, liaising with the museums involved, creating a presence on the day to welcome the team, as they stop by to change drivers, snap a picture and carry on with their challenge. Supporters will help explain the event and our plight to all the visitors, backed up with promotional posters and leaflets explaining the Pledge fund and the many ways people can help save the aircraft. With 850+ miles to cover, 18 hour 50 minutes journey time, it only leaves 15 minutes spare at each location – and that does not allow for traffic.

The time remaining, progress details and pledges or donations received, will be updated for all to see, together with links to partake in sponsoring of the event.

On the day, a central control room at Bruntingthorpe, “Scramble HQ” will track the team and give updated details as they progress along the route. Staff there will process Pledges collected en-route and enter onto the on-line system. You will be able to watch the progress of this event, add additional sponsorship or pledges and see the results as they happen. Official collecting tins and any donations received on the day will be added to the running total.

At all times, speed limits will be observed. It is the challenge and raising of public interest in XH558 that most appeals to the team.

By the early hours of Monday 23rd February, the club aim to have not only raised a significant level of interest, but a not too insignificant level of further funding!

But why should the public help keep this plane flying?

XH558 is the only airworthy Vulcan in the world. Restored to flight after nearly 15 years at a cost of £7million. She now faces grounding forever, unless an additional £750,000 can be raised in February enabling funds for another full air show season. Last year, she appeared in front of over 1.5 million people.
She inspires immense pride in all who see her. A full education programme is built around her, not only telling the story of the cold war era, but the value of science and technology in inspiring future engineers.
She was the “mother of concorde” – Can you help us save this iconic British Aircraft?

Andy
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Support Vulcan XH558 – We need your help

November 5, 2008

After a year of ups and downs, but a year that saw the only flying Vulcan grace the skies, the Vulcan Trust now need more money to ensure that this delta lady will continue to fly.

The importance of the Vulcan is not just as a memorial to the role she played in the Royal Air Force, but also as a learning tool for future generations when it comes to design and technology.

A petition to the prime minister has been created, please show your support and sign up.
http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/vulcan-XH558/

Andy
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Is this the end for a flying Vulcan?

September 12, 2008

With a heavy heart, I have to say that the future is not looking bright for XH558, the only flyign Vulcan in the world.

After a hard first year of flying, small teething problems and cancelled airshows, the coffers are running low and some sponsors are no longer able to supply funds.

Where does this leave our iconic aircraft?  Well unfortunately, it leaves her mothballed in the hanger.

This is not a future we had all intended for our glorious Delta Winged Lady.  The original plan was to breathe another 10 – 15 years of life into this cold war jet, providing our children the education of what has happened in the past and how design and technology raises to the challenges of the world problems.

The Vulcan, along with the other V bombers, were created to answer the cold war threat, a chance that a Nuclear War could occur.  The V bombers were designed to fly long distances and carry our Nuclear Deterant.  This was in the form of Blue Steel and Skybolt Nuclear missiles.

The Vulcan plans were always on standby, but luckily were never needed in the role they had trained for.  Ironically, the Vulcan’s were only called into war, when the Argentine invaded the Falkland Islands, and an audacious plan was created, using Vulcans, both bombers and fuel tankers, to attack the islands and return them to British control.

With this wealth of history, the Vulcan’s soon became a favourite of the airshow circuit, with the RAF maintaining two Vulcan’s for display purposes.  The spirit if the Vulcan lived on. However, even this had to end, with the Vulcan display team finally be disbanded and the last two Vulcan’s sold off.

Luckily XH558 was bought, with a plan to return her to flight, this dream was finally fulfilled this year.  Huge crowds flocked to hear the distinctive growl as the Vulcan finally took to the skies once more.

Now, the future looks dark.

But, in true British spirit, Never say Never!

The Vulcan could remain in the sky.  So far public support has been great, providing well needed funds to the cause.  But more is needed.  Each pound donated helps keep the dream alive.

You can help.  No matter what size of your donation.

To find out more, visit the Vulcan Trust site

Please help keep this lady flying, Don’t let the fate of Concorde befall the Vulcan.

Andy

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Vulcan Displays at Southport

September 9, 2008

The restored vulcan XH558 is certainly making the most of it’s restoration, as she left RAF Brize Norton Sunday 7 September, to display at Southport.

Having been grounded the day before due to bad weather, along with the wing walkers, the Vulcan was a sight for sore eyes.

Visitors were treated to a display from the mighty delta winged aircraft as she flew past the beach.

It was estimated that around 55 – 60 thousand airplanes enthusiats and fans flocked to the Southport sea front to watch the annual aitrshow

The Vulcan performed in the afternoon, to everyones delight as some previous airshows have been cancelled due to either weather or technical problems.

The mighty vulcan was not alone in the sky, Tornadoes and Eurofighter Typhoons, harrier jump jets and an AWAC 707, whilst the Blades and Red Atrrows performed aerobatic displays

There was also a demonstration of the role of the RAF, with a small display of troops attacking from the beach via Helicopter whilst fighters simulated bombing runs.

Andy

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British bomber aircraft Avro Vulcan

September 3, 2008

If you can ignore the cheesey film

It has been posted on Youtube and would appear to be some sort of cold war information film for the Russians’ using old MOD film footage.

There is also an interesting soundtrack, including the Thunderbirds theme tune, it really made me laugh

It’s interesting

Andy

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Vulcan Flies At Airshow For First Time Since 1992

July 9, 2008

The last Vulcan in an airworty condition has returned to the British airshow circuit by displaying at RAF Waddington at the weekend (5th – 6th July).

Not only did the crowd see the Vulcan displaying in a wonderful return solo flight, but it also took to the skies with the only airworthy Lancaster World War II bomber, as a tribute to Avro aircraft and a feast for the eyes for all who attended the event.

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Andy
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The Vulcan is better now

July 8, 2008

Following the problems on Sunday, where the Vulcan could not fly, the guys have confirmed the problem, and sorted it.

In operational mode, the Vulcan could have flown, but after all this time, you cannot blame them for not flying.  Mind you, I would have been tempted to send someone back to Bruntingthorpe to grab the spare part that was needed.

Still the crowds were treated to a fast taxi and aborted take off on the Sunday which would have made some amends.

Now the Delta lady will enjoy a few days at Waddington before she heads off to her next display, probably with a bag of spare parts.  In my mind I will now always be able to remember the flight of the Vulcan and the Lancaster, together for the first time.  Who says things cannot get better.  Well, it could be even better if they paid for the Southend and Wellesbourne Vulcan’s to return to flight too.  Cor, imagine three Vulcan’s taking off.  Wow, oh well back to my dreams.

We look forward to the next display.  Take a look at the website.

Andy
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Waddington Airshow 2008, the Vulcan flew

July 7, 2008

It finally happened, when I last posted on Friday night, I mentioned the CAA permit to fly, but no DA, permission to display.

What happens, they grant it. So Saturday finally saw the Vulcan fly in a display after all these years. Congratulations to all those who helped along the way. You can still help by visiting the Vulcan website.

I’ve added a couple of video’s from Youtube which I feel sum up the performance on Saturday, listen to the announcer on the second one, that’s real emotion.

The only upset was the old girl could not fly on the Sunday but then, as we saw before, she does not like being left outside, whereas at Bruntingthorpe, she has her own hanger for warmth.

One more old lady in the sky, next target is Concorde, eh!!

Andy
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