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Vulcan flights to end

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Vulcan flights to end
sad news indeed
It has now been confirmed that 2015 is the last year in which the last operational Vulcan bomber can be seen flying. From Autumn onwards she will be grounded. For a chance to see her in the air one more time, here's their itinary.

Saturday 6th June Throckmorton Display Sunday 14th June Cholmondeley Flypast Sunday 14th June Welshpool Display Sunday 14th June RAF Cosford Display

Sunday 21st June Weston-super-Mare Display

Saturday 11th July RNAS Yeovilton Display

Friday 17th July RIAT (RAF Fairford) Arrival

Saturday 18th July RIAT (RAF Fairford) Display

Sunday 19th July RIAT (RAF Fairford) Display

Saturday 15th August Herne Bay Flypast Saturday 15th August Headcorn Aerodrome Display Saturday 15th August Eastbourne Display Sunday 23rd August Bournemouth Display Saturday 29th August Dunsfold - Surrey Display Sunday 30th August Dunsfold - Surrey Display
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It was going to happen sooner or later, new engines would have to be made from scratch for her to fly again. However if people continue to donate to keep her runway ready and functional maybe just maybe in a few years she can be reborn again.
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Not going to happen.

Both Marshalls of Cambridge and RR are the official Design Authority for the Vulcan. They have both agreed to stop supporting the airframe and engine after this year, the aircraft has clocked 10% more flying hours than the design life allows for and has only done so with the benefit of a lot of work by both Marshalls and RR. The engines are right at the end of their life and cannot be reworked or rebuilt, there are NO surplus engines (since they ****** up two of their spares!). They are having problems with finding staff who are qualified to work on the aircraft, a lot of the experienced staff retired years ago and are reaching the point of not being able to do the work.

Without an approved design authority the CAA will not allow the Vulcan to fly, full stop.
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agree with Vulcan there
as at the last year at the royal international Airshow at Fairford.
I spent the night with them on the Saturday at the Boozer were stopping at and they told me of many off the problems they had and were Lucky it flew last year
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Unfortunately this is likely to be the future for aircraft preservation - as planes become more technical and complex, it will be increasingly harder to keep them going. I imagine that most contemporary designs will be at best able to perform taxiway runs at displays rather than actually flying.
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Wot no pics of her?!! Last year at Cosford. Hopefully be there again this year.

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Well since you asked, Bruntingthorpe 2011 and Waddington 2012

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Although I must admit to always preferring the Victor anyway and would love to see one of them in flight:

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One did, unfortunately it was accidental. I bet the CAA went mental afterwards though.

Its on YOUTUBE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGjPu6DPzWU
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such a shame that's going to be it for the Vulcan, but such a triumph to have got get up again in the first place. other than the reds, it's the only plane I've taken interest in really.

oh wait now, when is 'concord to the sky' kicking off :)
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I'd love to see one of these fly.

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From the F1 at Silverstone, 2012
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoffmarchment/8597255369" title="Vulcan XH558 by Geoff Marchment, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8366/8597255369_a5ab8c4928_z.jpg" width="640" height="403" alt="Vulcan XH558"></a>
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Vulcan tour last time to see it flying

http://www.vulcantothesky.org/appearances.html2015


V_force

INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Salute to the V-Force
– a major tour planned for late June.


A few months ago, the Secretary of the British Aviation Preservation Council (BAPC), Brian Dixon, approached Trust Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming with an idea. He proposed that XH558 should visit all the surviving Vulcans in the UK and if possible perform a short display during our final year of flying as a special "goodbye". He also suggested that each of these Museums could also get involved by holding special events or talks in the week leading up to this final tribute. At the time, like us, he didn’t know that our final year of flight would be 2015.

We liked the idea and gave it a lot of thought; “Salute to the V-Force” was born.

Over the weekend of 27 and 28 June, XH558 will indeed overfly every complete Vulcan, Victor and Valiant in the UK. These two special flights will pay tribute to the unique and revolutionary group of aircraft that formed Britain’s nuclear deterrent for many years.

It will allow us to display XH558 to a wider audience than usual – we will have never completed so many displays in a single weekend before – and working in partnership with the BAPC, the story of the V-Force can be told at each location by the Museums involved.

There will be seventeen sites overflown during the tour, with a small display at many of them. If not a display, there will certainly be flypasts and steep-climb-outs as possible at each. We hope to include the RAF Museum at Hendon, but this will clearly require special permission from the CAA due to the built-up area of the location, which we are hopeful of obtaining.

Given the distances involved, the tour will be split into two separate sorties, one covering a northerly route, then another with a southerly route, if possible both completed over the one weekend, reserved as Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th. We are pressing ahead with this earlier in the season, so we can hopefully do another major tour based on national landmarks later in the season.

Here is a list of the remaining complete (UK based) V-Force airframes with their locations in North to South geographical order.
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Where is it going to be staying once it's finished it's final tour?
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view the 2 links I provided thee will be updates I presume once the season is over
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Looking forward to our RIAT visit this year - this will be one of the highlights.
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Due to work (and family) I'm not able to go to Biggin Hill but maybe try Herne Bay.
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Post by Dno »

Awesome plane.. It's sad it can't continue to fly, but it's fantastic it's stayed up for so long.

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<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsearle/3753127170" title="Vulcan XH558 by Dean Searle, on Flickr"><img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2449/3753127170_b2a6383cbd_z.jpg?zz=1" width="640" height="426" alt="Vulcan XH558"></a>
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Post by paulsaz »

I'm going to RIAT for the first time in about five years, mostly to see this off to be honest. It's one hell of a beast, lets hope they show her off a bit now they know they're coming to end of her flying hours.
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From Cosford on Sunday.

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