Plus, an invitation for the public to add their names to one of the RAF’s longest-serving aircraft in this, the RAF’s Centenary year.
In March 1993, one of the most popular of all RAF aircraft types made her final flight into retirement, joining the collection of Cold War jets at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire. Saved from an uncertain fate and possibly the scrapman by the Walton family who own the ex-USAF airfield, it would be another 14 years later, after many technical and financial challenges, that XH558 would once again return to the air after one of the most-complex and demanding aircraft restoration projects ever completed – anywhere in the world. It enabled eight more years of incredible displays in front of millions of people, creating a phenomenon that would become known as ‘The Vulcan Effect’.
To mark this last RAF flight and the aircrafts’ long association with Bruntingthorpe, a special event has been organised in the hangar where the restoration project took place.
Members of the RAF fight crew that flew her in that day will be present, alongside important figures involved in her subsequent life such as David Walton and Robert Pleming, who led the return-to-flight project team. XH558’s final flight was made on 28th October 2015 and she is now based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport where she will be the centre-piece of an inspirational visitors’ centre in a Heritage Aviation hangar to be built on the airfield.
Attendees will be able to hear accounts from those involved with the aircraft as well as enjoy a VIP guided bus tour of the airfield, with the many aircraft on display – ahead of two presentations by invited guests. Although XH558 herself can’t be there, the hangar will house her fellow V-Force aircraft type – the Handley Page Victor XM715 “Teasin’ Tina”. Tickets priced at £25 are available at www.tinyurl.com/XH558Events
An invitation to place your chosen name on Vulcan XH558.
In what is a fitting tribute to one of the RAF’s longest-serving aircraft in this the Centenerary year of the RAF’s formation, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust has announced a limited time opportunity to place any chosen name on a set of plaques to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Vulcan XH558’s final flight with the RAF.
XH558 first entered service in 1960 and after her restoration to flight and second display life, made her final landing in October 2015 – spanning a total of 55 years.
XH558 has become possibly the most popular individual aircraft since Concorde.
Your chosen name could be part of aviation history – featured on an icon of British aeronautical design in perpituity.
The names will be added permanently on the underside of Vulcan XH558’s Wing; each dedication comes with a personalised certificate that acts as a commemorative receipt for the requested donation of just £30. Ideal as gifts and in memoriam of a lost loved-one.
Support for this plaque will contribute to the Trust’s work to secure the new home for XH558 and to build a brighter future for heritage aircraft preservation, restoration and operation. XH558 will help provide inspiration for a whole new generation of engineering and technical talent by enthusing youngsters with the excitement of aviation.
You can go straight to the dedicated page to place your desired name on Vulcan XH558’s Wing by visiting www.vulcantothesky.org
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