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Bid for Vulcan to fly alongside two remaining Lancaster bombers

The last remaining flying Vulcan XH558 lands at Robin Hood Airport. Picture: Kev Pointon

The last remaining flying Vulcan XH558 lands at Robin Hood Airport. Picture: Kev Pointon

An ambitious bid to see the world’s last remaining flying Vulcan take to the skies alongside the globe’s last two airworthy Lancaster bombers has been launched.

Vulcan XH558, which is based at Robin Hood Airport, took over from the Lancaster after World War Two as the Royal Air Force’s main bomber aircraft.

Now the Vulcan To The Sky Trust has been asked to join a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity of a three ship meeting with the two remaining Lancasters.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster was reunited with her Canadian counterpart for the first time in more than sixty years last week. The planes are the only two remaining Lancasters still airworthy in the globe and will never fly together again after a series of air shows and flypasts this summer.

Lancaster Thumper is based in Britain as part of the RAF BBMF and Lancaster Vera is based in a museum in Ontario in Canada.

A spokesman for VTTS said: “We feel sure you all want us to take part but the extra costs are simply not budgeted.”

“This is why we are now asking XH558’s followers to support a limited issue of just 558 shares at £15 each - as this will directly cover our additional operating costs.”

It will cover a dedicated flight this Wednesday to RAF Waddington to arrive in good time for the meeting, a static photo shoot on Thursday, together with the logistical costs of the support team and equipment needed to look after her at and for the extra fuel costs involved before departing to display at Clacton.

The spokesman added: “In return for your support, not only do you help secure this extraordinary meeting, but we will issue a receipt for each share supported in the form of a special commemorative certificate that you can display and treasure with pride as a memento of a very special day. “

To help support the appeal, visit www.vulcantothesky.org

 

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