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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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Farnborough 2008 so far including the Vulcan

July 18, 2008

Compare Airport Parking is running a story on Farnborough 2008, and will also be running a story after the weekend.

Some interesting reading, and of course a lovely picture of a Vulcan.

Read the story here

Andy
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I wish I worked here……near Farnborough

July 17, 2008

I found a brilliant video.  It shows the distractions that can be seen from the submitter’s window.

I am so jealous and would love to work there.

There’s even a clip of the Vulcan doing her practice circuit ready for Farnborough 2008

Andy
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The Vulcan at Farnborough.

July 17, 2008

The Vulcan is present at the Farnborough Airshow.

One visitor found a good place to go without having to pay and shot a video clip of his Vulcan experience.

I hope to find some more information on how she flew later this week

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.

To read more on this story visit Compare-Airport-Parking.co.uk

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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