Just needed to add to the guest book the huge thanks from me and my wife Kirsty. We were the first to hold a wedding under the nose of the iconic bomber on October 11th 2014. Our family and friends loved the experience and will be talking about it for years to come! The whole Vulcan to the Sky team were so welcoming and have been absolutely fantastic the whole way through. Certainly a memorable place to get married
Just read Barry's blog about our visit to Robin Hood. We were so touched by the kindness shown to us by all the "Vulcan Family" at Robin Hood, and special thanks go to Barry and Robert Pleming for everything they did to make Neils' trip a reality. It was a special day we will all remember for a very long time. As Barry states we will continue to support XH558 in Neil's memory, as he would have done. Kind regards, the Morland family.
First of all I would like to appreciate the effort taken by the authorities to support XH558. I agree to the fact that small donations from various parts of the world will help save the XH558. I am sure that you will receive a lot of donations to save XH558. http://www.omnitechsupport.com
Just back from the visiting her at the hanger. How amazing to be able to see her up close. Thank you to everyone for showing me around - a great couple of hours. Truly an amazing piece of engineering.
Visited 558 in the hanger on 8/10/14. What a wonderful afternoon myself and my son (9) had. The information brief was very informative and Reece was totally engrossed by it all (how to fit a school project round 558 is the next task). He thought it was fantastic that he could touch the AC, even if it was just one of the thousand £ tires. Had the privilege to speak to Barry Masefield who is an absolute gent. He took some pictures for us and signed Reece's haynes manual which we are both thoroughly delighted with. Now I know about the guided tours which Barry does I'm looking forward to our holiday next year where I hope to be able to book on one of Barry's tours. Was interesting but also upsetting to hear the story behind the high pressure compressor blade we have. Hopefully never to be repeated.
Always loved the Vulcan, many good memories in the 70s when 4 use to scramble at Finningly The sight and sound was awesome. Seen 558 also at Finningly and Fenton displays. Have posted a couple of video clips on the site also.
i was stationed at raf akrotiri when we had a vulcan crash land wheels up it was a massive operation to lay a foam carpet on the runway.it involved everbody on the station
I was back in my hometown, Grantham, on September 25, when I saw it - swooping low and fast like the massive metal death goose of ancient mythology, on its way to Cottesmore, just like it were strafing the Latins at Goose Green. The majestic swoop of its anserine penumbra is worth every penny. Keep up the good work. Chocks away chaps, let's raise cash!
What an amazing season. Well done to all concerned, you have made a lot of people very very happy indeed. Thank you all.
After seeing her at Cosford and Little Gransden, swamped by the demand for tickets at Waddington, and disappointed she couldn't make Southport on the Saturday, Gaydon was to be our last chance this season. And what a fantastic event that was! We expected a couple of flypasts but were treated to a full-blown display over us and around us. Absolutely wonderful, and a spontaneous burst of applause from everyone there as she left.
I grew up with the Vulcans doing circuits and bumps over my house in Waddington on a fairly regular basis. It is the soundtrack of my childhood. I was chuffed to bits to be at Wyton on Thursday for the fabulous show put on by XH558 on her journey around the country. Simply fantastic!
Thursday the End of the cold war tour, wow what a day, we went to RAF Coningsby and watched you arrive and put on a fabulous show, we then sped off to RAF Waddington waiting for your arrival. Thank you so much for the spectacular flight over the wave it was truly awesome your howl bought tears to my eyes. Now I have to wait until November when my husband and I come to visit you in Doncaster. Thank you to all again for a wonderful season :)
Thank you to the full team for contributing to a very moving family occasion at Robin Hood Airport. I learned so much, was captivated by the sleek Vulcan, and appreciated the respect shown by all linked to XH558. The fly past was a real choker.
Well what a spectacular finale to a momentous season! Congratulations to 558 and all who keep her flying. I was lucky to be at Gaydon site for the CWT and I was absolutely blown away by the display. The sheer numbers of people wanting to see 558 was outstanding and she got a great reception. Fantastic flying, great tribute. I hope she has gained many new followers who can help take her forward to 2015 (and beyond)
I was gutted not to see the Vulcan at Southport last week, but I tried again at Gaydon yesterday. Wow, what a fabulous display. It was really low and did some great manoeuvres in its many passes. The sound was terrific, setting off several car alarms in the car park! Thank you so much for such a terrific experience.
I was disappointed not to see the Vulcan yesterday over our village, Blyton. One afternoon in1965 a Vulcan 'buzzed! Our village for best part of an hour, terrifying my toddler and small baby, as well as most of the inhabitants who were out in the street. As it was the height of the Cold War, we wondered what was going on. We never found out! Despite this, I have a soft spot for this aircraft and would have loved to see her yesterday over this same village.
We saw the Vulcan take off and return to Finningley yesterday 25 Sept. Never seen so many vehicles and people, including lots of children, waiting to see the Vulcan return. We were not disappointed it was an absolutely fabulous display with numerous circuits and finally, when the Vulcan land, the parachute opened. The crowd clapped and cheered and some waved Union Jacks. Thank you to Martin and all involved. An absolutely unforgettable afternoon.
Saw the Vulcan over RAF Honington yesterday afternoon. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you for the wonderful display. It was magic. Haven't seen it in the air since the Mildenhall Airshow many many years ago. Have made a donation today: thank you.
Wow, many, many thanks for the display at Gaydon today. Luckily we were on hols in the Cotswolds and drove up to see her, one of many times this year, but to see her so low to the ground and straight overhead was absolutely unmissable. We even had discounted entry to the Heritage Motor Museum too so all in all an excellent day. Thank you.
Had an amazing day today...thanks for organising the Cold War tour...after seeing XH558 at Duxford recently I decided to make an effort to see the mighty Vulcan today....and I also decided to see if I could see her at Wyton and Wittering which I just about managed to achieve in my trusty Ford Focus...when I got to Wyton there was a big crowd on the verges...she appeared from nowhere over our heads and put on a cool display with an awesome wing over...then I headed down the lanes to Sawtry and onto the A1m while xH558 headed to Gaydon...I pulled into a lay by on the A47 just as as the Vulcan arrived for another superb display....
Just had the privilege of seeing the Vulcan fly over my house on its way to RAF Wyton during its Cold War flight. A truly magnificent sight.
Posted to RAF Scampton in Feb 1958 for the reformation of 617 Sqdn with Vulcan B1Bs' Served until Oct 1959, before moving on to 17 Sqdn in Germany
It was totally awesome to sea the beautiful Vulcan flying again at Bournemouth airshow 2 days running in stunning blue skies, huge thanks guys to all involved in keeping this piece of history in the air.
Haven't looked at the website for a bit. Very impressive and I wish I had an Android Phone to watch this year's final tour; hope you look after iPhone users soon. Pity 558 can't fly over London. Wish you all the very best for continuing this amzing project. Tony
ops room scampton 1963]4 the sound is the greatest ever
15.30 watching the Vulcan over Sywell. And Blades too. Awesome
i canot find the piece of news from the seventies when the vulcan took part in thefairchild cup in the usa when the control tower staff were gasping at what the vulcan was able to do on this bombing competion. it was on the evening news itv or bbc i canot remember but it would be great to see it again.i am ex raf. conningsby.ifelt as well as heard one morning when they did a fast take off 3 of them together. the whole room shook ,things fell off lockers it was fantastic.
My husband, in the RAF for 33 years, was stationed at Scampton when we married in 1976. We lived in nearby Ingham and he worked on the electrics (um, something like that) on one of the seats and so travelled in it many times. He always used to reckon the Vulcans used our washing line to help them land and the wonderful sound of them was with us throughout the day. We wives got to go inside one of them and could not believe how limited the space was in such a huge aircraft. I remember a colleague (a pilot) of my husband got put on a coca cola diet by the quack because he didn't drink alcohol, but was putting on weight from too much Coke and had to squeeze to get between the front seats. The Vulcan will always hold a special place in our hearts and we are so sorry we have been unable to see her this time - NOTHING will stop us next year She is such a beautiful aircraft I have painted her twice (poorly) in watercolour
21-09-14 at aprox 16-30 observed at 53-48N 1-37W Avro Vulcan pass low overhead, bank left and appeared to lineup on Leeds Bradford runway as if to make a landing approach. Did it actually land or was it just a flyby? Where did it eventually depart Leeds for?
Saw this aircraft near Leeds Bradford. Truly impressive aircraft. 21.09.2014
Ues we also saw the Vulcan fly over near LBA. Fantastic
Thank you so much for re-arranging your display at Southport. We were so disappointed when her display was cancelled Saturday due to weather. When we went back yesterday we were thrilled to hear she would do a display. Thanks from two keen Vulcan to the sky fans.
Thought it was an earthquake, but no, Vulcan flying low over North Leeds yesterday, remember seeing one fly at Mildenhall twenty five years ago and the sound never leaves you Unmistakeable and awesome plane.
Was so disappointed not to see her at Southport yesterday that I went back today! It's the first time I've seen her fly and it was absolutely awe inspiring... something I will never forget. Keep up the amazing work you do.
We have just seen what we think was this aircraft circling Leeds and Bradford Airport...amazing plane...reminds me of Church Fenton Air Displays when I was a child.
Sept 21 2014: 16:35. Just looked up to see the Vulcan banking across the view from my lounge window. Think maybe it did a fly-by over the old Avro works and Leeds-Bradford airport. Does anyone know?
The cold war tour reminds me of many long hours on QRA at Scampton with some stress, a lot of laughs from my friends and crew. I always felt proud when the engines of the big birds began rumbling but a sense of relief when we stood down. The biggest memory was when we went on alert during the Cuban crisis.Wow!!! The best moments were when we did a practice scramble. To see those beautiful Vulcans climb into the sky one after the other was something to get your heart thumping and never to be forgotten. Thank you Vulcan to the Sky crew and XH558 for all you have done to make us proud. Chas the Plumber
My father (Wing Commander A.J.Richards OBE) used to fly Vulcans in the early 60's and actually flew XH558, which I found in his logbook. Unfortunately, he is now in a nursing home, with very limited mobility, but over the years he's told me and my sister many funny and fascinating stories about his time in the RAF, including the times he flew Vulcans. Living in the Netherlands, I don't get back to the UK as much as I would like, but will endeavour to get to see this piece of both world and personal history in the future, even if only on the ground. I can still remember living at RAF Brize Norton as a little boy and hearing the Vulcans taking off from there every now and again, my dad and myself both watching in awe with big grins on our faces :-) Thankyou all for your hard work and effort - it always brings both a joyful and a sad tear to my eye when I see her.
Can i just thank you guys for the show you put on for us at the Scottish Airshow a credit to the nation. I don't have bags of money but if i did i would give you all you need to survive. Hope to see you agin soon. Keep flying guys.
Watching the mighty Vulcan swoop overhead like some massive metal death-goose is an awe-inspiring experience. The Cold War may be over but the age of the Vulcan will go on for ever. This is worth every penny. Keep up the good work.
Once you have experienced the sight and sound of the Vulcan it will always stay with you. My stepfather was a Vulcan Pilot, Flt Lt Anthony Michael Semark, so it was a large part of my childhood. Our home was full of Vulcan memorabilia some of which now adorns my home. Fantastic to see and hear the Vulcan again. Thank you!
I have watched the Vulcan from being a little girl from when it came to the Barton Airshow in Manchester every year until they stopped it. I saw her again on Saturday & Sunday at the Ayr show and lading & taking off from Glasgow Prestwick airport which is behind my house. I was as giddy as a child to see it again and for the opportunity for my three boys to see a magnificent aircraft. She didn't make a noise when she arrived and my boys said that's not loud like you said it would be....ahh just wait, then came the howl they jumped up and down with beaming smiles, they loved her as much as I always have. Surely some multi millionaires could give some money to keep her in the sky...For the generations to see. Thank you for bringing her to Scotland. Xx
Hi I was on a remember watching the Vulcan at Gaydon years ago with my father , Great to see it is still flying Robert Gould Queensland Australia.
My family was sailing, seemingly alone, across the Thames Estuary on Sat 30th Aug when I spotted distant smoke on the horizon over Kent, and then the awesome spectacle of a Vulcan climbing, only to pass over us at low altitude towards Essex - unforgettable. Thank You Team Vulcan.
Went to the air show in Ayr for the sole reason of seeing the Vulcan fly. Awesome. Dont need to say anything else
Fantastic display at Ayr bay today. Very well done!
Many thanks for the memories, from an old Brylcreme Boy of the 50's. I had the pleasure of seeing XH558 on it's flypast at Carlisle Airport on 6 Sept 2014, en route to the Scottish Airshow. A wonderful sight and sound. " Lang may your lumb reek."
I have seen the vulcan display on a number of occasions now, so got a surprise five minutes ago when I heard those marvelous engines as it just flew over my house, on its way to display at Ayr. Made my day - thanks.
Over the years I watched the Vulcan in White livery with the other V force aircraft. At Farnborough when taking off having to hold your chest because of its power then watching the pilot roll it above our heads. Then as the test bed for the Concord engines bolted underneath. Now still flying what a tremendous achievement many congratulations to all. Thank you, Colin
Thank you for the displays at Little Gransden and Bournemouth a truly awesome experience!!!
Have just returned to Vancouver after 5 weeks touring in England and Scotland. Finished off trip at my sister's house in Poole and was able to watch the Vulcan fly by from the east cliffs at Bournemouth, on Saturday 30th of August. It was my 69th birthday, what a fantastic birthday gift. I was stationed at RAF Waddington from 64 to 68 and also did 18 months in Goose Bay. I continued to have a love for the Vulcan and enjoyed seeing it at the Abbotsford Air Show in British Columbia. A good day and month, 30th August. Good Luck for 2015, Mike
My wife and I visited The Vulcan Experience yesterday What wonderful 'Experience' it was! I chose a VIP day (Wed 03 Sept, 11.00) to give my wife the best chance of seeing her name on a Bomb Bay door plaque - and we were given a fully detailed tour of the aircraft. To my eternal shame, I cannot remember the name of the Volunteer who looked after us so well. However, we would both like to thank him for his time, and for sharing with us his knowledge and experience of the Vulcan. Many thanks! I can wholeheartedly recommend the VIP visit. Colin --
My late husband and l used to see Vulcans flying out of what was then RAF Finningley when we lived nearby in the early 70's. He was lucky enough to be shown over one as his boss was a retired Vulcan navigator. They were part of every day life and we never dreamt then that the time would come when just a solitary one would still be flying. XH558 MUST be preserved, she's magnificent, beautiful and a UK icon.
I have always admired the vulcan, but living in humberside most my life I had never in real life seen it. When it came to humberside airport in june 1994 it went to see iteven though I sighed my self out of hospital being 2 weeks overdue of my third child. The thrill was so excilleratiting I had my daughter 2 days later. I have followed the vulcan through waddington and farnborough ever since, as well as cleethorpes last year. I think it is the utmost disgrace that our government is not willing to keep our national beauty alive. Shell
I saw 558 at the Shoreham Air Show on Saturday, having visited her in the hanger and followed 558 for some time this was the first time I had managed to see her display. I have managed to get a few good photos, but using a camera with tears streaming down your face is quite a challenge. What a beautiful and awe inspiring sight 558 is, words can't do her justice! She just has to be seen to be appreciated. It was amazing to see that even today the Vulcan effect still happens. 558 finished her display and up went the Strikemaster, but the crowds were already leaving in their thousands! Here's to a long and happy future for XH558. Many thanks to Dr Robert Pleming and everyone at Vulcan to the Sky for doing such a fantastic job!
I am 60 and used to watch them take off from woodford All the time I knew it was coming out from the roar.of the engines, and still think she is beautiful.
How amazing it was to see the Vulcan at Bournemouth air show this year. Twice!! I love her! she was so graceful in the sky. x
Dear Team Vulcan. A great big 'Thank you' for our triple flyover at Headon Warren down (near Needles Isle of Wight) on saturday - as you marked time for your Bournemouth display - and a climbing roll at the show? Donation in the e post. Regards J
Saw XH558 on Saturday at the Bournemouth Air Show. Hadn't seen it since Mildenhall in August 1992; it was worth the wait. After an initial fly-past from East to West she circled over the sea before coming towards the crowd and climbing hard ... then the howl. I struggled to take pictures as tears streamed down my face ... astonishing and quite beautiful. You all do a fantastic job.
We were travelling home on the M4 yesterday from Devon and were delighted to see the Vulcan about 3.45pm near Swindon, a wonderful sight absolutely made our day,thank you for keeping this amazing aircraft flying!
Another brilliant display at Little Gransden, flying towards the flight-line then opening up to give the howl and the sound of the engines as she banked round was fantastic. And the wing over at the end seems to be getting more and more, can we expect a full roll next year :o)
thanks for fly-over-today returning to base.what a sight
what a wonderful experience watching Vulcan flying over my house with my beautiful fiancee.
Wow - saw the Vulcan fly low over our garden - spectacular sight! What a surprise...
Young (ATC; aspiring pilot) nephew was totally thrilled to see you overhead near Cricklade today. Spent the rest of our walk educating me on Vulcan facts and stats. Thank you for making his day;
A great bonus seeing the Vulcan at Bournemouth this weekend, it brought back memories of when I was a kid, seeing it flying over the Quantock hills in the late 70's and early 80's, Keep up the good work
Great to see X558 at Bournemouth on 2 days. Loved the roar. She looked super today in the sunshine. Have ordered a cap & made a donation plus a pledge.
What a lovely sight we had on 30th of August 2014 as the Vulcan bomer, flew past where we live in Rochford, fairly low. Just wish I had my camera with me. A breath taking sight.
Fantastic to see the beauty at bournemouth today. left a small donation; keep up the good work.
Fabulous surprise! Just seen the VulcanXH558 fly right over our house in Ramsden, Oxfordshire. Wonderful sight and sound! I'm a great supporter but don't often get the chance to see her in the air. Hope she passes this way again,
Saw the Vulcan yesterday at Boscobe with my husbsnd and our son, a day to treasure.
Huge thank you for the southbound overflight of Newark Air Museum on 23rd August, 2014. XH558 passed over in spectacular fashion possibly on its way to Dunsfold from what I gather. The Museum was busy being a Saturday when this took place and many people enjoyed seeing the Vulcan overfly. Many of whom (including myself) had already been on board the Resident Vulcan at NAM which was open to the public ... A most memorable day :o)
Hi, can someone tell me if the Vulcan will be flying at the Southport Airshow this year please? There's no listing for it yet but it would be great to see it there!
I would just like to thank the pilot and crew of your Vulcan for giving me a great thrill yesterday when they did a low pass over Lee-on-the-Solent it really was a nostalgic and stiring sight. The last time I saw a Vulcan flying was at the HMS Daedalus Air Show in the late '80's. Great, thank you.
Amazing display at Shoreham today. So worth waiting for. Went to Waddington last week too with the 2 Lancs. Fantastic. Now I cant wait for Duxford. Ive had a good Vulcan fix this year!
When we moved to Bawtry a few years ago we didn't have any idea that the vulcan would often fly over our garden - it truly is the most awesome sight and sound. Having seen it up close I'd recommend the VIP tour to everyone - amazing and helps this wonderful sight continue. Long live the vulcan!!
I was unlucky in that I was unable to get into the Little gransden airshow, but instead watched from nearby Waresley. The Vulcan put on a brilliant display and I was pleased that it flew over the nearby villages as well, to let as many people as possible see this amazing aircraft before she retires.
I had the privilege to witness Vulcans flying in the United States rather late in their RAF careers. Certainly no other flying machines are as impressive when climbing with afterburners engaged or as lovely and graceful aloft.
It is a shame that next year will be the last year! I suggest you offer displays over Europe, may get some dosh from over there?
I am still thinking about the wonderful sighting of the Vulcan and 2 Lancs on Thurs 22dn August, I went to Metheringham airfield to view, it was iconic, shall never forget it, I used to go and see the Vulcan at Waddo air show with my Dad fifty years ago, wonderful sight, made me very emotional! Long may she continue to fly.
Took my young son Jake to see the Vulcan at Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold over the weekend. Jake is only 4 and the Vulcan is his favourite airplane, amazing to see it fly. Will be making a donation today.
Thanks for a fantastic flypast at Little Gransden today forgot what an experience seeing the Vulcan is!!!
Had a super weekend, saw you 3 times and I still can't believe my luck (and that's what it was) I cannot explain the feeling as I saw you approaching, you were so quiet! I had to stop videoing you at one point as I couldn't keep the camera steady, way too excited, right to my core! Many many thanks to all who help keep her flying lets help her stay there as long as possible.
I was stationed RAF GAN 1966/67-- when the Vulcan took off the whole Island vibrated. So great to see her display at Little Gransden today and also the 2 Lancs.
Just seen the vulcan fly over my house, wow, I first thought it was concorde. What a wonderful sight. Thank you.
Thank you for the chance to see the Vulcan flying over Berkshire today. Not once, but four (4) times. Magnificent!
Well I had a pretty bad day on Friday BUT on Saturday I took a chance on where you may fly on route to Dunsfold, it paid off! Im sure you noticed me parked on the hill, waving both arms and leaping about because you turned and flew right over my head, I am beside myself, Thank you so so much.
Thanks to all the team for a fabulous day at Waddington for the Three Sisters event on Friday. To see the Vulcan with the two Lancasters was amazing and a sight (and sound) I will never ever forget.
nark the opening of the new Auckland International Airport. As a youngster I was so impressed with the size and power of this wondsrful aircraft. Am travelling to the UK and hope to see XH558 at Shoreham and Duxford.
I have always had a love of the Vulcan and those Rolls Royce engine. My fondest memory was the last airshow ever held at Bournemouth airport where she was guest attraction. The run way wasn't long enough at the time for her to land but she touched her wheels down and then went vertical, the ground shook and long after the roar had subsided all you could hear for miles around was car and burgular alarms going off. I was a very happy young man and it took weeks for the grin on my face to fade. So a massive big thank you to all who work on keeping her flying and all the public who help fund her. I will once again be spending at the Vulcan store in Bournemouth on 30/8/14
Was an armourer at Waddington 1972-78.Worked on the ejection seats on the 2 crashed vulcans at Spilsby and Malta
Looking forward to seeing xh558 at Shorham . my father inlaw flew these for avro till he crashed in xh535 in may 64. never managed to put it behind him but love to see and hear your aircraft and remember his stories.
Hi all, how about having XH558 fly with the two Lancaster's at the Bournemouth Air Show at the end of August...... Now that would be an AMAZING photo for everyone.
I first saw a Vulcan fly in 1966 at the airshow to mark the opening of the new Auckland International Airport. As a youngster I was so impressed with the size and power of this wondsrful aircraft. Am travelling to the UK and hope to see XH558 at Shoreham and Duxford. Thanks to all the team at VTTS !
I saw xh558 on her very last display away back in the dim and distant past and many times in her life as a display aircraft. Have not been able to see her since she was put back in the air but am delighted that I will finally get to as her again in September at the Frederick airshow and the two Lancaster bombers to boot!!!!! Well done to all who keep her flying and I will be making a donation to that end. Keep the good work. I never thought I would get the chance to see her again and My boys have never seen her flying in real life and are as eager as me.
My father, Ernie Holland, worked on all the wings of the Vulcans at Woodford. He died in January, 2012, aged 86. I had been hoping to see the Vulcan at Southport but it isn't listed for this year. I still have his Avro pass! When he was last in hospital I told one of the nurses that he'd worked on the Vulcans, and she told him that he was part of history - we were both very emotional.
Sat 9 August 2014 late afternoon heard an engine roar overhead north of Wetherby and was amazed to see the unmistakable delta wing of XH 558 cruising at low altitude overhead. Fabulous plane with a fabulous history. Very sincere thanks to all of you who keep this piece of British history flying.
I was based at RAF Episkopi Cyprus which was 'across the bay' from Akrotiri from 1969 to 72. I think it was at this time that I fell in love with the Vulcan and the Lightning,two beautiful and iconic aircraft. A massive thank you to the ground crew who keep her flying, and the 'jockeys' who fly her. My own memory of the Vulcan is one carrying out circuits and bumps at Linton on Ouse, and the howl from those engines as she departed the circuit. Why so memorable, as a recruit it was a Vulcan that did the fly past at our passing out parade, and now leaving after 9 years service a Vulcan is there yet again in the overhead.
So disappointed that the tail end of hurricane prevented Vulcan from displaying at Blackpool. I even persuaded my husband to come with me. We're trying now to find a show that's within our travelling distance to see her fly. Just wish they could find suitable engines to instal to keep her flying after 2015.
This may come a bit late, but a huge thank you for your amazing display at the Farnborough air show in July; an absolutely amazing display of sheer British ingenuity and design!