More dates added to Doncaster Vulcan’s final season in the skies

The Vulcan XH558.
The Vulcan XH558.
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More dates have been added to the final flying season for Doncaster’s Vulcan bomber.

The world’s last remaining flying Vulcan is entering her final flying days, bringing to an end a momentous career in the skies and she will touch down for the last time later this year.

The iconic aircraft is currently enjoying one long summer of flypasts and displays with thousands turning out to see her.

But aviation enthusiats only have a few more chances to see the plane, based at Robin Hood Airport, before it is grounded forever.

The last scheduled date is on September 19 at the Southport Air Show - although it is thought more farewell flights could yet be added to meet demand.

Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, which maintains the aircraft and which first returned her to flight in 2007, said: “If you don’t see her this season, there will be no more opportunities to hear a Vulcan’s spine-tingling howl as she climbs high into the sky for another memorable display or to see her rolling onto her side to reveal her giant delta silhouette.”

But while Vulcan XH558 may no longer be soaring gracefully through the skies, she will stay in Doncaster – as the centrepiece of a new museum celebrating her heritage as well as her life and times, in the former RAF Finningley hangar where she sat in readiness for fighting and bombing during the 1960s and 70s.

Dr Pleming said: “We have set out from the start to create a lasting legacy for the Vulcan by planning for the day when the aircraft will have to cease flying.”

However, Vulcan To The Sky chiefs have now had to make the tough decision that this year will be her last - for safety and technical reasons.

Dr Pleming said that while the aircraft, affectionately dubbed the ‘tin triangle’ was still safe, the age of her airframe, engines and a growing difficulty to source skilled engineers to keep her airborne were all factors taken into account when deciding her fate. It also costs £2 million a year to keep the plane in the air.

Here are Vulcan XH558’s remaining dates for 2015.

Sat 15 August - Herne Bay (Kent)

Sat 15 August - Headcorn Aerodrome (Kent)

Sat 15 August - Eastbourne (E. Sussex)

Sat 22 August - Shoreham (W. Sussex)

Sun 23 August - Shoreham (W. Sussex)

Sun 23 August - Bournemouth (Dorset)

Thurs 27 August - Clacton Airshow (Essex)

Sat 29 August - Durham Tees Valley Airport (County Durham)

Sat 29 August - Rhyl - North Wales

Sat 29 August - Dunsfold (Surrey)

Sun 30 August - Dunsfold

Sun 30 August - Uffington White Horse Show (Oxfordshire)

Sun 30 August - Little Gransden (Cambridgeshire)

Sat 5 September - Portrush, Northern Ireland

Sat 5/Sun 6 September -Scottish Airshow - Ayr and Prestwick

Sun 6 September - The Victory Show - Cosby (Leicestershire)

Sat 12 September - Goodwood Revival (West Sussex)

Sat 19 September - Southport Air Show (Sefton, Merseyside)