Vulcan to take to skies once more

The Vulcan bomber
The Vulcan bomber

SUPPORTERS of the Vulcan bomber should be able to see it take to the skies once again next month from its Doncaster base.

Thousands of pounds have continued to flood in to preserve the 1950s jet aircraft which is preparing to commemorate a mission in the Falklands conflict 30 years ago.

Vulcan To The Sky trustees hope that the plane will be able to take part in a special flight to commemorate the Black Buck mission, which helped recapture the islands during the 1982 conflict with Argentina.

Technical director Andrew Edmundson said: “We are just over half way through the service, heading for test flights and crew training towards the end of April.”

He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far and hope you will all be able to see XH558 fly during 2012.”

To reach further displays in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee season, the trust must now raise £75,000 this month, the same in April and £50,000 in June.

This year is also the Diamond Jubilee of the Vulcan. The plane is now based at a hangar at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport. It costs about £2 million to keep the Vulcan airworthy.

Throughout the season, the plane - the XH558 The Spirit of Great Britain - will carry a ‘book of good wishes’ from those celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. At the end of the year, a copy of the handcrafted leather volume will be placed on permanent display at the Vulcan’s visitor centre in Doncaster.