This is our next short 2-3 day trip, starting on Tuesday afternoon when we travel up to Bruntingthorpe airfield and proving ground just south of Leicester for a night stop ready for the next day.
The cycle ride is starting at crack of dawn (well 7am, which is as near to dawn as I want to get) on Wednesday from Bruntingthorpe and will be ‘flagged’ away by David Walton who is President of Vulcan to the Sky Club and owner of Brunty.
The ride is to raise funds for Vulcan XH558 with a target of £5580. We are using the motorhome as a support vehicle for the riders and will be hopping ahead of them and supplying food and drink and somewhere comfortable to rest when they catch us up.
Bruntingthorpe is where the jet was restored to flying condition and was her home for a number of years, having been bought from the MOD by David Walton in 1993. She flew again in 2007 after a £7m+ restoration and continues to fly thanks to the generosity of the British public who help us raise over £2m per year.
The other stops all have some connection with Vulcans. Syerston, where a prototype, VX770, crashed during a display in 1958 killing all on board, Newark Air Museum who have a Vulcan on display and the first day finishes at RAF Coningsby, a former Vulcan base.
Day two starts at the RAF Waddington WAVE (Waddington Aircraft Viewing Enclosure) looked over by Vulcan XM607, perhaps the most famous Vulcan, which bombed the runway at Port Stanley in the Falklands War. From Waddo the riders will flog up the steep hills of Lincoln and arrive at RAF Scampton, another legendary Bomber Command base. After Scampton they go cross country to a lunch stop in Gainsborough before the final leg to Doncaster Robin Hood Airport (ex RAF Finningly) and the current home of XH558 where we hope there will be a big welcome party at the hangar.
The route is around 150 miles which for a pro rider is next to nothing but a couple of these guys haven’t ridden bikes since they were at school.
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