Vulcan owners wait for details as flight restrictions brought in for vintage jets

The Vulcan XH558.
The Vulcan XH558.

The owners of the last flying Vulcan bomber are waiting to hear if new restrictions on vintage jets will affect it.

Regulators have announced that flying displays by vintage jets will be “significantly restricted until further notice” following the Shoreham air disaster.

A spokesman for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which owns and operates the Vulcan from Robin Hood Airport, in Doncaster, said they needed answers before it performs at the Clacton Air Show on Thursday.

He said: “We are waiting for clarification, so that we know what we can and cannot do.

“Unless we hear differently, we expect to be flying on Thursday.”

The Civil Aviation Authority has placed new restrictions on air shows while the authorities conduct a thorough investigation into the Shoreham disaster.

Displays by vintage jets over land will limited to flypasts, which means high energy acrobatics are banned.

A statement by the regulator added: “The CAA will conduct additional risk assessments on all forthcoming civil air displays to establish if additional measures should be introduced.”

The disaster involved a Hawker Hunter jet from the same era as the Vulcan.

Both types of aircraft were operated by the RAF in the 1950s

Police have warned that the death toll from Saturday’s crash in Shoreham could rise to 20 as teams begin recovering the plane’s wreckage.

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