A sad announcement.

After eight years since her restoration to flight it has been announced today, 15th May, that our Vulcan XH558 is to be retired from flying at the end of this years flying season.

Full power take off at Farnborough.

Full power take off at Farnborough.

We have followed her as volunteers since her test flight stage and worked at most of the major airshows during those eight years covering thousands of miles, working thousands of hours and raising (and probably spending) thousands of pounds to help keep her flying.

She is now an old aircraft, 55 yrs since she first flew, and has flown for far more hours than any Vulcan before. Although our small engineering team keep her in pristine condition old aeroplanes, like old people, can get problems and since aeroplanes are always ‘she’ they can get grumpy and moody.

Opening Farnborough Airshow with the Red Arrows.

Opening Farnborough Airshow with the Red Arrows.

So, we have a busy year ahead of us as we try to get as many airshows in as we can manage. Long trips to France will have to wait until 2016 when we will have plenty of time on our hands.

Best stock up the motorhome with tissues because September/October looks like being an emotional time for us and the rest of the volunteer team.

Our old Bolero MH  with XH558 at RAF Lynham.

Our old Bolero MH with XH558 at RAF Lynham.

The ground crew watch her arrive at RAF Waddington.

The ground crew watch her arrive at RAF Waddington.

Air crew and cadets with Vulcan at Waddington.

Air crew and cadets with Vulcan at Waddington.

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