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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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It is with great sadness I annouce that the last flying Avro Vulcan XH558 will be embarking on it's final season of display flying in 2013:

http://www.aviationnews.eu/2012/11/02/final-season-announced-for-last-flying-vulcan/

I just hope I can get to see her this year  Sad
Posted January 13, 2013, 18:18:59 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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Sad Sad news indeed

 DD1975 I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya Cheesy
Posted January 13, 2013, 19:23:40 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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I really hope I do get to see the Vulcan this year, these were my dads favorites and I remember seeing them at airshows when I was very young they are just so impressive.

At the same time it's not the end for XH558, she will continue to do ground runs for the foreseable future, not quite the same but something at least and you never know if someone with a vast fortune may come along in the future that will allow her a full rebuild to extend her flying life....here's hoping
Posted January 13, 2013, 19:31:47 PM Logged
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Offline Diesel
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Here you go DD, the Vulcan at last years RAFA Show at Shoreham. Passes 2 and 5 took the plane directly over my Son's house, he did report that he was surprised that he had any windows left intact. Enjoy.  thumbsup





BTW, you may wish to turn the sound up.  Tongue
Posted January 14, 2013, 17:02:42 PM
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Offline Freddy
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Shame, I have been lucky enough to see her a couple of times - I hope they get off the ground again, but they have sunk so much money into this, sooner or later it had to happen.
Posted January 14, 2013, 18:46:20 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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You know the runway at shoreham is proably the same size as the one at Port Stanley, would have been good to see if they could recreate the Black Buck raid with flour bombs  Tongue

Thanks for posting Diesel  thumbsup
Posted January 15, 2013, 18:47:35 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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The Vulcan is coing to DUBLIN  yahoo .............I'm super excited now, roll on Flyingfest 2013 on September 15.

XH558 - Spirit of Great Britain I await you with baited breath I can't wait to see you flying low down the Liffy with those 4 Rolls Royce olympus engines roaring
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You lucky lad DD  Smiley
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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And even better news on the Vulcan to the sky website.....Operation 2015.

If they can raise the money for this years winter service they are hoping to get two more full flying seasons out of the airframe  Cool
Posted August 29, 2013, 18:53:11 PM Logged
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Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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Absolutely gutted.......................Vulcan XH558 had a problem that grounded her for the Shoreham Air Show the other weekend.

It turns out that the problem was a fuel tank leak, the assesment by the experts has revelaed that the 30 year tank was leaking in several places.

As there is no airworthy replacement they have had to commisssion a new tank to be built for which there is a 16 week lead in, so XH558 is now grounded for the rest of the 2013 flying season, so no roaring Olympus engines for DD on Sunday  sign-sad
Posted September 12, 2013, 18:20:46 PM Logged
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Offline sybershot
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 Sad Sorry to hear that
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Better to be safe than sorry I guess but yeah, I bet you were gutted to hear that.  Sad
Posted September 16, 2013, 14:11:03 PM Logged

Offline DD1975 Topic starter
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So I decided not to go in the end, the weather was a bit chilly nand very windy so didn't fancy standing around for 3 hours with a 4 year old in that.

However some of the nice pilots came to me instead  Cheesy

Saw a couple of c-130 hercules, the irish air corps display team a few teimes, a couple of military helicpoter and commercial airliners.

Best of all the following went right over our apartment:

http://www.catalina.org.uk/

And the Sally B

http://www.sallyb.org.uk/

at about the same height as in this video

Posted September 16, 2013, 19:15:19 PM Logged
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