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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.




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.




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.




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




The Vulcan is in good company

May 7, 2008

The restored Vulcan is currently at RAF Coningsby .

The last flying Vulcan bomber (dependant on the CAA certificates) was taxied at Coningsby and stood next to our only remaining flying Lancaster.  The trip from Bruntingthorpe was uneventful and successful.

The two planes could be seen at the home of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Both iconic British treasures of flight.

XH558 flew into Coningsby yesterday following a 16-year absence from Lincolnshire, back to one of the old omber bases where the Vulcans would have flown from originally. Hundreds gathered to watch the Vulcan make the landing.

The Vulcan bomber from the cold War was the last of its kind to fly from RAF Waddington in 1992.

XH558 has spent recent years in Bruntingthorpe being lovingly restored.  She has flown to Lincolnshire for essential testing which is required by law, before her several planned appearances at air shows.  Estimates are that there could be up to 18 air shows a year for this gracious lady.

Fingers are crossed for this delta lady as she performs for the officials, and we hope to see her around the country soon.


The Vulcans’s down safe at RAF Coningsby

May 6, 2008

The Vulcan growled again as she soared into the sky on the way to the RAF base for the final testing.

As a nice gesture, Leicester’s Lord-Lieutenant Lady Gretton waved teh Vulcan on her way.

Everyone must be so happy, firstly watching the beautiful delta wing shoot into the sky where she belongs, and secondly, when she returns home, she should receive her permit to fly and be ready for the air show season.

Remember though, she’s still a costly lady to keep going, and until she starts displaying, she still needs alot of support.  Visit the Vulcan Site and help her reach the skies again.

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The Vulcan soars into the sky

May 6, 2008

Today is a happy day as test flights for the Vulcan bomber continue.

The Vulcan Bomber will carry out several test flights during the week.  It will leave its base at Bruntingthorpe and head to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

As I have said many times before, the Vulcan aircraft needs a permit from the Civil Aviation Authority if it is to be allowed to appear at a series of air shows this summer.  Other tests had been cut short due to a false alarm in the fire system and also a undercarriage door failed to close
A previous test flight was marred by a false alarm fire alert that forced the plane to land early.

The Vulcan really does bring people together.  Previously I reported that the Vulcan was witness to a marriage proposal.  The latest appeal was for qualified airfield firefighters to help out for the day.  The appeal resulted in at least four firefighters willing to help out at the airport for the tests.

With any luck, the whole of the UK should be able to see this wonderful old ldy of the skies back where she belongs very soon.


Vulcan to be filmed in flight

May 2, 2008

Hopefully this month will see the culmination of 11 years of hard work to restore the Vulcan Bomber XH558 back to flying condition.

The final test will continue in the near future and then the display test, where the plane will undergo the display movements which it would do so at an airshow, so that the CAA can certify the plane is safe to perform.  Once done the plane will be free to perform.

An interesting upshoot of this comes a story from one of the sponsors of the restoration work. AD Group, a supplier of CCTV and security systems, as part of its support for the project, plan to supply a state-of-the-art FlightVu digital video recorder, and associated CCTV cameras, from its subsidiary AD Aerospace, to provide valuable in-flight footage of this historic aircraft.

This will mean that fans will hopefully get access to more of this fantastic aircraft than ever before, but of course, as you can imagine, the fans will be eager to film their own footage, and with the ease of Youtube, these can then be shared worldwide

To learn more, visit The Vulcan Operating Company website and please join and donate.

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Goodbye Douglas DC3 Dakota

April 21, 2008

It’s your last chance to fly in a Douglas DC3 Dakota in June, before the classic planes are removed from passenger service.

The planes have been flying since 1935 and thousands were built for World War II.  However, because of the EU, they cannot accept passengers after June because of technicalities.  The problem is that they do not have a locking cockpit door, and the EU has this down as a necessity.

They will still perform at airshows, but many people used to apply for the flight around the airshow, well this has to stop.

One of the operators, Air Atlantique, is unable to fit the emergency floor lighting and lockable cockpit, due to financial contraints.
The airline’s two Dakota passenger planes will complete their last European passenger flights at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 12 and 13, before being grounded on July 16.

Air Atlantique Classic Flight is based in Coventry and plans to hold a party there to say farewell to the planes on July 15.
Its just another point of the EU ruining the fun of us interested in these lovely old planes.  Ironically, they have flown for over 70 years.  They could easily do another 50 – 70 years with a little love and care, but no, thats been put to a stop.

Perhaps its another reason to step out of the EU.  Thats another argument.


The Vulcan yesterday, it’s not all bad news

April 17, 2008

The restored Vulcan bomber flew on it’s test flight from RAF Cottesmore yesterday.  As reported, she suffered a set back with the landing gear doors not retracting.

Well other than this, it would appear even this is not classed as a serious fail, and the lads at Bruntingthorpe do not seem disheartened.  In fact there would appear to still be a positive buzz.

It was nice last nice to login and view the Vulcan safely back in her hanger after having to sleep outside at RAF Cottesmore for the last few days.  In fact, one of the guys at The Vulcan Operating Company joked about the landing gear door failing, reporting it might have been because she was left out in the cold. It made me laugh and it shows british humour at its best, no matter what the problem, we can still laugh.

As expected, lots of fans and enthusiasts lined both airfields to see the only flying Vulcan operate, even under test conditions.  Within a few hours of the testing, youtube, the video sharing website, had a number of video clips from the public.  In addition to all this, the BBC reported on the take off.

To be fair to you all and to save doing a few posts, i’ve attached two youtube videos which sum up the days activities.  One is the BBC story, the second is from a watcher, who clearly show the landing gear door not retracting.

Video 1

Video 2

As you will see from the second video, the door is left open, this does not affect the plane, but the tests were cut short to ensure the door did not get stressed or break off.

The final test will continue in the near future and then the display test, where the plane will undergo the display movements which it would do so at an airshow, so that the CAA can certify the plane is safe to perform.  Once done the plane will be free to perform.  Me personally, I am holding out for Biggin Hill, where she is pre-booked to fly once tests are completed as its very close to me, plus they have a spectacular world war II display of spitfires and hurricanes with a mock bomb and scramble display.

To learn more, visit The Vulcan Operating Company website and please join and donate.

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