Flying Vulcan set to star at Shuttleworth

A Vulcan bomber PIC: Simon Grieve
A Vulcan bomber PIC: Simon Grieve

One of the world’s most popular aircraft, the Vulcan XH558, a powerful reminder of a remarkable period in British history, is about to begin her last flying season.

The aircraft will fly for the last time at Shuttleworth this Sunday at the Military Pageant with First World War Commemoration Airshow at the Old Warden site.

To celebrate the aircraft in her final flying year, the aircrew, led by Martin Withers (who captained Vulcan XM607 on the famous Black Buck mission during the Falklands conflict) have launched a dramatic new display routine.

Each year, the charity which owns and operates her, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) raises more than £2million to service and operate the aircraft.

The Charity’s Chief Executive, Dr Robert Pleming, 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 dramatic display, or to see her rolling onto her side to reveal her giant delta silhouette.”

He added: “We will be flying selected items in the aircraft so that as many of her supporters as possible can purchase something that has taken part in this adventure.

“It is extremely gratifying to be appearing at Old Warden where the Shuttleworth Collection has one of the finest collection of vintage aircraft to be seen in the UK today.”

Tickets on the gate cost £28 for adults while children under 16 years go free.

For more information visit www.shuttleworth.org or contact Sandra Creevy on 01767 627924 or by emailing sandra.creevy@shuttleworth.org