The Avro Vulcan, the most iconic military aircraft of the past 60 years made its last ever appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on 18 and 19 July.
2015 is the legendary Cold War bomber’s final display season for the only flying example of the delta-winged aircraft, XH558, having been restored to flying condition in 2007 following a public fundraising campaign that helped raise more than £7 million.
The Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTTS), which has done such incredible work to put XH558 into the air and keep her flying for the last eight years, announced earlier in 2015 that a number of factors, including the withdrawal of technical support, had contributed to its decision to ground the aircraft for the final time at the end of the airshow season in October.
She will be retired to her home base Robin Hood airport in Doncaster where she will be seen accelerating dramatically down the runway powered by the distinctive howl of the four Rolls Royce Olympus engines. The aircraft will be the main attraction of both a heritage centre and a new type of engineering education centre.
Royal International Air Tattoo Chief Executive Andy Armstrong said: “The Vulcan’s iconic design and its sheer size and power has made it one of the most popular aircraft to have ever displayed at the Air Tattoo. VTTS and all its supporters have done an incredible job to keep the aircraft in the air for so long, enabling a new generation to appreciate the beauty and power of this legendary aircraft. The Vulcan was top of our ‘shopping list’ this year and was the first aircraft to be announced – its final appearance was both sensational and very emotional.”
Richard Wintle of Calyx was at RAF Fairford to capture XH558 in the air followed by several fly-bys with the RAF Red Arrows before the world’s premier display team put on their own incredible show.
Experience the Vulcan in June at RAF Cosford: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNDZvpScfIw
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