Saw the Vulcan twice at RIAT this year aswell as several other airshows. Am devestated that this will be her final display season. Nothing else comes close to this beauty, the noise and the power gives me goosebumps. Seeing her with the red arrows at RIAT made me feel more patriotic than anything else l remember. Praying for a miracle, long may she fly.
It was my great pleasure to watch Vulcan fly last year at the Bournemouth Air Show. I hope to go again this year as she is truly a wonderful piece of engineering, and to hear her famous engine howl again will be just great. It has to be said that the decision by the necessary authorities to withdraw their technical support for this great aircraft is at the very least regrettable, surely people could be found with the expertise needed to keep Vulcan airborne? Is it REALLY in everyone's best interests to allow this fine airplane to become grounded? Surely it's not too late to reverse this decision? If it is, thank you Vulcan for many great memories, taxiing up and down a runway surely won't ever be the same!
My family were stationed at Waddington 1966-1967. My father was S/Ldr Bob Carr, who had worked with all the V bombers in his career and I loved watching the Vulcan fly as a teenager. Sadly, my father died while at Waddington and the Station Commander had permission to ground the Vulcans for the period of his military funeral, as my father had been awarded the MBE. This beautiful plane flies over my garden in Duston regularly and brings back wonderful memories of my father. So sad she is to be grounded.
Thank you for giving her to us for so long.
been on the hangar tour, seen this beauty take off and also the fly past with the "reds". glad I lived to see this beauty and of course her "sister" concord, watched her take off and land as well. sadly miss both of them.
Seeing XH558 display and flypast with the arrow at RIAT on Sunday was, once again an amazing and moving experience. I am so grateful to you all for giving me, my son and many others the privilege of seeing her in the skies. We have some amazing pictures of Sunday and of XH558 landing with her chute, to add to our collection. I`m going to miss her and , no doubt, the huge buzz of excitement from the crowd as she soars into action.
Just told my mum (who worships the Vulcan and the red arrows) that this is her last year of flight. She's going to Bournemouth air show to see her one last time. She treasures the days that the Vulcan flew up her garden (she lived under the flight path of biggin hill air base) and rattled the windows!!!! ???? she is so happy she got to stroke the wheel at cosford. Going to be sad to see her go the way of concord and the harriers.
During 1986-1988 my wife worked at Shuttleworth Agriculture College. Knowing the farm tracks we sneeked in for a picnic on the grass at the end of the runway and watched mainly 1st WW old planes float by. Unknown to us a Vulcan was booked to do a slow run down the grass strip. Then the commentator announced the Vulcan was to show its vertical climb ability right above us. We were deafened, battered into the ground; our picnic went everywhere; But we survived a memorable occasion.
I first saw the beautiful VULCAN during the Viet-Nam war at Andersen AFB, Guam. I walked all around the VULCAN, but didn't tour the inside. While flying the US NAVY EC-24 on an electronic warfare exercise with the RAF from Waddington RAF base I had the honor to tour the former Gate Guard while undergoing maintenance checks. The Vulcan is magnificent. I still have the crew photo, but lost the names on a separate piece of paper. Cheers, GOD bless England and the Queen. Bruno Reichenbach
The most beautiful Aircraft I loved to watch her fly back in the sixties and seventies so sad that she will not fly again. Like the the Concorde we have lost the best.
Love hearing the stories and watching the videos of 558. First worked on Vulcans at Boscombe Down, Concorde engine tests and EMP tests.
Saw the videos and excellent photos from the Tattoo.
What a way to go!!! Thanks everybody for enabling me to have visual memories of this beautiful aircraft.
Looking forward to more of her last displays.
Chas the Plumber (armourer 1960--1982 Scampton--Waddington)
My Dad was a chief technician on the Vulcans at Waddington, I was born at RAF Nocton Hall.
its sad this is her last year, my Dad was so proud to fly in her.
I served in the RAF 1966 to 1991. I have seen vulcans at scampton, waddington, akrotiri, and on exercise in shiraz airbase in iran in 1973 where sadly I witnesses the crash and loss of one aircraft. The crew were all safe. The aircraft was classed as cat 5 writeoff with components saved. (the important components)http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread182835/pg1
23/05/1973 XJ781 Vulcan B2 9 Sqn Landed on a foam carpet at Shiraz, Iran when one undercarriage leg failed to lower after a training flight. The remaining undercarriage legs were sheered off by a storm drain as the aircraft slowed down and veered off the runway. The crew and Iranian air force observer suffered only minor injuries
I had the honour to provide airfield bird control at Bruntingthorpe just before her first flight after restoration. Beautiful Lady.
I travelled over from Germany (where I work and live now) on Saturday 18th. to Fairford especially to see XH558 fly in ist last flying year. The grace and power bought tears to my eyes as I watched the Display. The memories flooded back to when I worked on Vulcans at RAF St.Athan from 1969 to 1972. What a loss to the skies when she retires.
What an amazing achievement to restore, certificate and maintain this complex aircraft. Credit to everyone, especially those who have found innovative ways of raising money and to the crews who have stepped back in time to fly this icon for us.
Saw 558 in formation with The Blades Aerobatic Team over Northamptonshire this afternoon whilst at work.
An unexpected but delightful pleasure.
My greatest memory was the very first time i saw the Vulcan fly i fell in love with her instantly with the way she moves around in the skies and the war her evil sound jet engines sound (grrrr i wish it had more yes left of flying) :( i will visit her one day in her retirement home after her final flying season the final time i had saw her fly was yesterday at RIAT and it was a sad day of that
We love you XH558.
When I was 18, I worked briefly at a scientific institute in Manchester. My memorable moment with the Vulcan was seeing it "beat up" Ringway Airport, now Manchester Airport, then a mixed RAF & Civil airport. It came directly overhead as we were in line with the run. It came in quietly (well as quietly as it could) and then went to max climb power as it appeared to climb vertically away from its "bombing" run. The impression from directly behind was overwhelming noise.
Today, I have been privileged to see it again circuiting 6 times over our village. I was busy drilling when I heard a familiar noise and ran outside. The Olympus power units were unmistakable. So, from 1958 to 2015, lovely memories. I used to see Vulcans regularly in Manchester and I'm so lucky to see the last Vulcan before it retires. Angus
Saw the Goddess fly at Fairford yesterday for (my) last time. Unique in the way she owns the sky - her shape, here grace . . . that other-worldly howl. Along with the EE Lightning she will always remain the most beautiful plane I have ever seen or will likely ever see. I feel truly fortunate that my children were also able to witness her majesty for the last time.
Me and my family absolutley Love the Vulcan we first saw it closley at Sywell arodrome in Northamptonshire ! My late Father and sister were both in the RAF so we have a big interest in planes but the Avro Vulcan and the Avro Shackleton are our family favourites ! We travelled down to Weston Super Mare the other month and it was so emotional when she came roaring overhead it is a beautiful sight the delta wing godess ! We want to go to see her more this year as much as we can !
My daughter has just phoned me to say the Vulcan has just flown over her office in Brafield on the Green she was so excited it would have flown over my home !! such a shame I was at work :( I only hope everyone would donate so she will fly forever !
I remember watching a VULCAN flying around FILTON airfield in the sixties with a test engine, which I believed to be a CONCORDE OLYMPUS engine! fabulous sight!
Took my son to an air display at the RAF base in South Wales! the sound was amazing!!
I was stationed at Waddington in the early sixties in Air Traffic Control, Awesome flying in the Vulcan with pilot Albert Wallace 44 squadron, 1962. Goose pimples and butterflies just remembering the take off, high speed turns and that ROAR. Words can't describe the excitement scrambling into the Vulcan in a flying suit several sizes too big for my 7 stone frame! Luckily my home town is Eastbourne and I will be there to see the last flight and shed a tear.
Today after 3pm Vulcan with Red Arrows flew over Calne Wiltshire getting into formation to fly over Fairford July 19 2015
I was born (1950) into and served 22 years. Many fond memories of Open Days and Airshows around the World, they were never the same without the Victor, Valiant and a 'tactical' takeoff of the Vulcan. The ground shook and it seamed the world would come to the end.....every time. Never failed to impress. Sad that it has to come to the end of its flying days, happy retirement
Fantastic display at Fairford on Saturday must be the best I've ever had the pleasure to see. Thank you for the flypast with the Reds that's something I thought id never see and I know I will never ever forget that stunning sight. She owned the sky......
Finally got to see XH558 fly at the Welsh National Air Show last saturday. Highlight of the show for me picture's galore on my camera to be treasured.
I fail to see, why this national treasure is soon to be retired. The B52, born in 1955, is to remain in service though to the 2040's. This is madness. Is the UK so broke that no support can be financed by the Mod?
At the RIAT, as soon as she taxied for take off, the entire crowd fell silent.
Thousands if not millions of people love this aircraft. Come on, don't let a legend be confined to a life of driving around an airfield like a racing car in a car park!
When I was working in Brecon in the late 70's early 80's a Vulcan frequently flew passed our office near the Beacons. Just Awesome! (May be it was XH558 practicing for the Falklands campaign? I like to think so.) Just heartbroken we wont see Her flying again. I do hope she doesn't end up rotting away like so many. x
Had the privilege of seeing XH558 at Yeovilton recently. What an amazing story of inspiration and achievement. XH558 was flown perfectly and gave us a display that will live in our memories for ever.
Once this beautiful machine has retired, I for one will be visiting her at &amp;#39;home&amp;#39;.
I was watching a fascinating youtube documentary on the Vulcan raids on the Falklands and was pleased to recognise the XH558 tail number of this Vulcan in that documentary.
8mins 46seconds in is the first showing of the tail number
I will never forget the first time I saw a Vulcan coming off the runway at Lossiemouth and right over my head into the clear blue sky of that fabulous Summer in 1976. I childhood memory I shall take to the grave.
In 1950s I was a flight test observer on Vulcans at Woodford, the two prototypes VX770 and VX777 and also early production models.
Am now in my 80s.
Yesterday was the first and last time I've seen a V Bomber flying close up. A great display that pleased the thousands of people around the Swansea Bay. The noise of your Vulcan will stay with me forever, along with the sound and smell of a steam engine. Thank you for coming to Wales.
During National Service i was a radar mechanic on Vulcans during acceptance trials at Boscome Down and then on squadron at RAF Waddington. Sorry that i will not see XH558 fly this year.
As a child I lived very close to the end of the Filton runway in Bristol when XA903 was being used to test the Concorde engines - as soon as we heard the engines starting up we ran to the fence to watch her take off and then enjoyed spectacular landings, always with the parachute, as apparently they had to flatten the landing so as not to s####e the engine slung under the bomb bay on the tarmac! She always came in very low over the houses and had our windows rattling every time - fantastic!
So very sad that this beautiful aircraft will no longer fly after this year. I spent much of my young childhood sat in the cockpit of Vulcan XM569 at Wales Aircraft Museum where my father was a volunteer. I believe XH558 has some parts from XM569, i remember guys coming to visit us to take some parts they needed, i'm pretty sure it was 558's team. The sea air sadly corroded XM569 so badly that she had to be broken up but it has been wonderful to see 558 fly again. Hopefully one day she will grace the skies and amaze both adults and children once again.
I have not heard why XH558 is being ground at the end of the year. can someone enlighten me please
wish i could get to experience the legendary whistle
Windows rattling loud roar at midnight as a kid when vulcans were night flying from RAF Finningley now home to 558,then later in life working on an awesome plane in its heyday and now those sounds will be an everlasting memory of a great aircraft that will sadly be missed in the skies , thanks and congratulations to Martin Withers and all the rest of the team for giving such pleasure to this country may the memory live on
Great To See The Vulcan Effect At Cosford And Coventry For The V Force Fly Pasts At coventry a mam saw the crowds and parked with his daughter and dog along the road by the air field . He asked whats go on He was told about xh558 Fly past. Afterwards he said that was awsome
Great to see the mighty Vulcan At Rutland Water on Sunday 5th July 2015
Went to the Cosford Airshow just to see this plane and well worth the journey. I have now been bought a VIP tour by my sister and so excited about seeing her up close. This is more that a plane it is an Icon of what a great aircraft indusrty we had and the brilliant design and engineers who worked on this and other magificient aircraft. It is such a shame it can not be kept flying and will become just another static museum display but so many thanks for all those who have got and kept her flying in recent years
unexpected but welcome flypast over ketton. round of applause from spectators at girls cricket tournament. goosebumps everytime i see her fly. duxford last week..home today!!
Saw the flypast at Manchester last week - photos at http://ackworthborn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/salute-to-v-force.html
very unexpected visit to scarborough on 21st may 2015! the vulcan took a few people by suprise flying that low over the harbour!
Was treated to hangar tour for Fathers Day gift last Tuesday, lots of photos taken and sat through the superb history as described by former aircrew Barry Masefeld, what a fab day and yet sad to see the final wind down of 55 glorious years, hope XH558 is immortalised for generations to come.
First saw a Vulcan in the Late 1970's while working at the Tees-side Air Show putting up temporary fencing parallel to the edge of the runway. The Vulcan came in over the runway at about 50 feet then stood on it's tail and went up very quickly and noisily.
Saw the fly-past at Southend on Sunday
Hi - saw my favorite Lady yesterday at Coventry - only just managed to get there but so so glad we did . Awesome sight awesome aircraft and awesome sound &#33; Lucky enough to have been at wellesbourne last week too for a mini display - i love this plane and am gutted that something cant be dont to save her and keep her in the air . many many thanks to all the wonderful crew and ground crew that have kept her in such amazing condition . XH558 i will alwaays remember you - the only plane ever to redice me to tears - every time i see you &#33;
Great to see Her flying over Woodford on Saturday, took the kids along like my father took me to Woodford Airshow many years ago.....brought back lots of memories and something the family can now look back on when there older....thanks
Saw XH558 at Norwich yesterday. Here is my personal thoughts ont he experience.
Saw the Vulcan return to Finningley yesterday - absolutely awe inspiring. Hundreds of vehicles and pedestrians turned out. We were treated to a few circuits before the Vulcan finally landed. People clapped and waved and the atmosphere was mesmorising. A truly memorable occasion.
Isn't there a chance of any Lottery funding?
Called in at Doncaster airport today hoping to catch a glimpse of her landing. Was treated to a fantastic display of several manoevres, absolutely thrilling to see, a real treat for the children and adults alike. Thank you!
I was an apprentice at Woodford for 3 years before emigrating to Australia. I did a very small job on one of the retro fit Vulcans. My Father on the other hand was therefrom the very first Vulcan to be built at Woodford until his death in 1975. Before that he worked on the Lancasters during the war.
We used to watch the Vulcans take off from Woodford from our house in Poynton. Made all the windows rattle as they did the famous vertical climb out.
A sad day for a magnificent aircraft.
Had the great pleasure of seeing XH558 at the Waddington flypast today in the company of XM607. Truly wonderful display. Huge thanks to all who were involved in the Salute to the V Force tour this weekend and who have worked so hard to keep this great aircraft flying for so long. She will be sadly missed.
Saw the most wonderful flypast today over Bruntingthorpe, what a worthwhile wait!!! You looked beautiful-thank you for making our day & as my 6 yr old daughter quoted " Mummy that was the best thing ever!!"So sorry to see you leave our skies please keep us entertained for many years to come! x
Visited the Aeropark at Castle Donington on the 27/06/2015 to watch XH558 make her fly past. I'm so glad I made it. It was an emotional send off. <3 Thank you to all involved.
Many thanks for Cleethorpes display today, brought a tear to my eyes to think thats the last time I will get to see the Vulcan in flight!
Thank you for yesterday and today's V force flights over the so much of the country. The interest from everybody at Coventry was amazing. Not only plane spotters and fans turned. Many people want to enjoy the Vulcan during her last season. I have lots memories as I lived nr RAF Cottesmore. Have also visited family and landed on the former RAF Gan base and heard about the Vulcan landing there. Thank you again for making the final season the bes ever for so many in UK.
Saw her today@ Duxford Great Flyby. Can't wait for RIAT and underwing views + of course 2 displays. Thanks for the hard work behind the V force fly by days.
Just returned from visiting family in Carlisle and had the privilege of seeing XH558 fly over XJ823, probably for the last time. Can we thank the aircrew for such a magnificent display. It was awesome. At the end there was serious applause as well as more than a few tears. Thanks, also, to the ground crew who helped to make this possible.
I was at Boscome Down when the Vulcan was at standby at the end of the runway 24/7. I was an armourer so worked on them. What an aircraft. There were many practice take offs with the aircrew hurtling to the aircraft in Landover's. And the roar on take offs was just mind blowing What an aircraft- there will never be another aircraft to match it. Very sad to see it go out of service.
Saw her today on route from Southend to Norwich. Brought back many memories. Thanks.
Stood in the rain hoping to see her en route from Southend to Norwich today. She didn't disappoint; right on cue she flew gracefully by, below the cloud level. What a privilege to see her in her final flying season.
I first saw the Vulcan at an airshow in the South of England when I was on holiday with my parents, aged about 8 - I'm now 63. I cant remember what airshow it was, but I will never forget the memory of that shape and the roar of the engines which has lived with me since.
I watched in awe again yesterday, 26th June, as it roared into the sky over East Fortune and the memories came flooding back.
Thank you for including East Fortune in your Tour and please come back up for the airshow later in July.
Safe flying to you all.
What a thrilling treat to see the wonderful Vulcan fly right over my flat today into Coventry airport! OMG absolutely exhilarating! I was also lucky enough to see her in Somerset last weekend for Weston display. Absolutely magical. Thank you x
I remember these wonderful planes flying over RAF Nocton Hall Hospital,where I was stationed ion 1959/60 as a Medical Technician,truly a great site to see and hope we see it today as it comes to RAF Marham,but a lot of low cloud may be a problem.
How comes it never flew around the south west of England ? I'm sure loads of people would have loved to see such an iconic aircraft!
More Cadet memories. Went to cadet
camp at Waddington in 1975 and I won cadet of the week. Prize was a flight in a Vulcan! Spent hours practising escapes from the bottom hatch as they were doing circuits and bumps and too low to parachute properly.
Can remember the incredible roar on take-off and the claustrophobic feeling of being in the radio bay in the centre of the aircraft. The highlight was climbing up the ladder to the cockpit and looking out between the crew as we flew low level. The big old bird will be sadly missed in the sky
Wonderful short display at RAF Cosford yesterday 27th June 2015. A memorable sight to many veterans and their families attending there for Armed Forces Day. Thanks to all concerned.
Sadly this great aircraft will not be flying over Wales, can someone explain why? Remember seeing it at St Athen Air Show some years ago going into a virtually vertical climb, amazing.
As James Harrison's young nephew I was lucky enough to be allowed to sit with him in the cockpit of a Vulcan on the ground at Farnborough on a Press Day in, I think, the late 50's ..Memories which were rekindled with affection when this beautiful craft flew low over our village a few years ago.
Outstanding display at Carlisle today, I've seen this aircraft several times now. Please keep this stunning aircraft flying, surely the govt can do something to make this happen?
So gutted I did not see it fly over Silverdale & Keele as the route showed. I was really looking forward to it :(
Its a once in a life time experience having a Vulcan bomber following you when you are sailing. #XH558 #Armedforcesday #onceinalifetime #Greatexperience
Saw you today flying over Woodford, great display. Last saw the old lady at Finningley way back in the 60s in the RAF. Just great to hear the mighty engines roar again after nearly 48 years. You made an old man very happy today- many thanks to the air crew and ground crews for all the hard work and another great display.
Superb over East Midlands. XM575 must be creaking in her spars..............
Inveerted on second pass???? looked beautiful.
What would it take for another 10 years..................?
Love you all to bits!
thanks for a great fly past at sunderland air mueum , such a great sight when it come over head
Saw you today as you flew over Newark Air Museum.XH558 looked magnificent in the sunshine.The mini display was truly breathtaking,well done to all and thank you.
Many thanks to all concerned for Barton airport flypast 27th June. Absolutely brilliant
Saw Her Today at City Airport (Barton Airport) she gave us 3 flypasts So Amazing,
Thank You all so much, hope you keep her flying a while longer, such a legendary aircraft, british engineering at her best.
Thank you for the wonderful flypast at Carlisle - XH558 looked superb as always. We have seen her at several airshows over the past few years and it's been such a pleasure. I also had the pleasure of seeing her often in the 60's at Abingdon when I stayed with family there so all very nostalgic.
Went to see it fly over en-route from Carlisle to Manchester, weather was brilliant for it. We were lucky enough to get up close and personal after the return from Cyprus in the 70s and this fly-by felt very emotional. If Tom Barton ever reads this please get in touch, still in the same place!
Like everything in this country, the 'Mighty Bird'is only scheduled to appear in Scotland at E Fortune, Edinburgh. After serving with 1 Group in the'60 I loved the roar of those engines and the magical movement of the beast. Alas, I guess I will never see or hear you again. A pity it couldn't have managed a few more hundred miles north. Now you can RIP (Roarin Peace )
Many thanks for visiting Scarborough again on Armed forces day. Filey to Scarborough approach flying low over the sea this aircraft is amazing, can’t believe this is the XH558 final year of flight. Fingers crossed to win a VIP tour.
I have been donated for my charity Goldenhar an original one off piece of artwork featuring the Vulcan. Obviously I would like to raise money for Goldenhar, can you point me in the right direction of someone who may be interested?
I was one of the very many who guarded this Famous aircraft while serving in the Royal Air Force Police stationed at RAF Waddington between 1970 and 1972. I will be in Eastbourne to see this very gracious lady say Farewell. It will be a very sad day for all of us. Good Luck to all the aircrew and ground crew who have kept her flying for so long.
I worked on XH558 at 230 OCU 1962/65 am constantly amazed by the superb shape and technicalities of it,s originality. It was an honour to be allowed as an 18 year old sprog to learn my trade on this aircraft. From the Joystick (can I say that?) to the Mixer Box to the PFCU in the tail I can almost see me working on it now. Then there was the moment of Take Off.... Power Grace and the NOISE. Always pleased when six hours later they came back. Many thanks to C/Tech Jim Brocklebank and others for helping my career go forward.
William Hall was a big supporter of Vulcan To The Sky, sadly he passed away on 6 June 2015. We hope our donation will help this wonderful charity continue on.
My dad worked on the Vulcan at Woodford, and in later life on a restoration at Bournemouth. I grew up listening to them roar and watching them fly around our school and area. The annual Woodford airshow was a real treat. What a shame its gone. What will it take to keep XH558 flying?
I am proud that I worked on these wonderful aircraft from1966 to1972. I was based at RAF Scampton in the MEAS section, where all the major servicing and repair was carried out.
Iremember walking to school in the sixties with Vulcan thundering above me in flynig in and out of Ringway Airport Manchester such a wonderful experience and one I still talk about particularly with those that may never see one.
TheLincolnshire group of the Porsche Club of Great Britain and the 912 Register would like to thank the Vulcan for flying over Belvoir Castle on Sunday 21 Jun and giving us all a view of this woinderful and iconic aircraft. How about an overfly of Althorp House on 15 Aug whilst the PCGB celebrates its annual National Event?
Remember the ground shaking at a Woodford display many years ago. Shame virtually all the displays are in the south
I first met XH558 on 4 Feb 1961 on 230 OCU at Waddington, where those of us who had served a tour on Vulcan Mk 1, converted to Mk2. She was 3 months old and gleaming white. I was the AEO. My crew flew in that one 7 times, including 2 return flights to Idris in Tripoli. My crew joined 27 Sqn and our final flight in her was on 10 May 61. Waddington - Scampton. Anyone know which squadron she went to after that?
My first posting in thE RAF was to 7 Sqn Aircraft Component Repair Flight (ACRF), 'the rectification/structural repairs bay at RAF St Athan working Vulcan Victor, Buccaneer and Canberra components. Vulcan Radomes, U/C component Doors, ECU Doors and many other structural components. Radomes and Fibreglass repairs were my forte alongside my colleagues Cpl Stephen Heather, Cpl Dave Pritchard, Bill Sheppherd JT ? Chessun and MANY other 'Saints' RAF personnel. Best Wishes for thE FINAL TOUR, crews and Groundcrew
As a kid in the 60's living in Poynton we had all of the V Bombers flying in and out Woodford on a regular basis. At the time we thought it was a noisy intrusion but now look back with fond memories of their fly-overs. Hope to see the Vulcan again on Saturday
So many memories I remember building them at Woodford Avro's back in the 60s amazing aircraft so beautiful in the sky????
William Hall was a great supporter of Vulcan To The Sky, sadly he passed away a few weeks ago. We remember him through this wonderful charity in his memory and hope our donation helps support their great work.
Have you got a rough time she will be flying over Woodford?