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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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Celebrities want the Vulcan to keep flying

February 11, 2009

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, Sir Richard Branson, Frederick Forsyth and Robin Gibbtrio have warned that the maintenance of the Cold War bomber is essential for encouraging design and innovation among young people.

They are suggesting that the Vulcan is included in an extended RAF Memorial flight.

Read the full article here. Alternatively, you could visit the vulcan website and make a contribution there to allow the Vulcan to remain flying without Government intervention.

Your support is needed

Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to see more

Andy
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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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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.

Andy
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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.

Andy
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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.

Andy
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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.

Andy
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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.

Andy
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