What a fantastic 65th birthday treat.Out for lunch with all the family then drinks back at our house and the cake WOWEEEEEEEE. It is a Vulcan about a foot from wing tip to wing tip but it comes off to reveal the cake underneath. And then I open my present and I have a certificate for 5 shares on the Vulcans Wheels and Brakes ,what more could I want .Will be coming to see her in the hangar again soon .
A a boy i was at school in Alderley Edge and remember the Vulcan doing the first test flight. I have always been interested i aircraft & used to cycle over to Woodford to see what was happening.or over to Ringway which i used to visit at least 3 times a week all my life until i moved to the U.S.A in 2007. I still am a member of the spotters group for Manchester International Airport. Since i moved to the states i have now got a single engine pilots licence & travel to airports about the country. I look forward to getting the newsletter informing me of things that are happening with XH558. as i saw her leave Wood ford on delivery to the R.A.F.
As relative newcomers to this flying icon, it seemed too hard to resist an opportunity of taking advantage of a VIP tour. Never in our wildest dreams did we envisage such a informative and wholly interesting time. Sid our tour guide was a mine of information and for us brought the Vulcan to life. He is a credit to the Vulcan team. Wishing you every success over the next two years and fingers crossed beyond.
Living next to the vulcan's base, I love hearing her and seeing her take off even though she makes my house shake, A pleasure to have her as a neighbour.
Long may she continue to fly, BZ
Vulcans have always played a part in my early years at Scampton as a RAF Policeman, I spents many hours stood at the nose on the Quick Readiness Pan, then all of a sudden they got the word and All Four of them blasted into the air one by one. I'll never forget that sound, it sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it. I saw her this year at Waddington, truly magical, when I first booked the show I thought that 2013 would be her last showing and I went prepared to say farewell. I'm pleased to be able to help her on for a few more years, fingers crossed we have no more unexpected scares. Once seen never forgotten!
When I was a young boy in the 50's, I lived in Kirk Sandall, Nr Doncaster. We used to watch one Vulcan take off in the distance before the one it relieved landed, it is one of the pastimes I remember from so many years ago. So glad to hear one is being kept.
Super happy to hear operation 2015 is going ahead, well done all fellow pledgers and VTTS team. I cant wait to see her next year, I just cant imagine not seeing her gracing our skies. I'm over the moon and so proud I've been able to help along with many others. Congrats 558!
Did a tour at Waddington as a driver 70-73 had a great time still eel the hairs on my neck stand up when I hear that howl. Did the usual dispersals to Valley, Thurleigh, Cottesmore plus the Darwin Tengah det, that was with Wg Cdr Maud., Sqn ldr Harding, Flt Lt Huggins who flew with Sqn Ldr Moore these names stick in my mind as well as Martin Withers and Barry Maysfield who I remember from them brilliant days. Many a trip to ops in the crew coaches, line Sqn supper run, dog section run taking handlers and dogs out on to the airfield for night shifts always prayed the dogs were in a good mood. Would not have missed them days for anything.
Got a fantastic surprise today! Boyfriend has bought me the mahogany Vulcan model I've been eyeing up for ages, had no idea he had ordered it. Thanks its beautiful and I hope it helps towards the funds to get her back flying. Pledge also made and raffle tickets posted!
Did three tours at Waddington as armourer between1961 -71 Worked on many Vulcans fantastic aircraft still brings back many fond memory's Keep the vulcan flying
I've always loved the Vulcans...I was brought up on them in the days of 101 running them at Waddington. My dad was an AEO on them, and I'm pretty sure he knows (of) a few of the Black Buck crews as well. Where I live, I occcasionally get treated to the Lady flying over, and have also seen her a few times at Goodwood. Every time I visit my parents, I tip my hat to one of her sisters, 607, at Waddington. Glad there's still one in the air....should be more.
I am glad to be able to watch the videos of the graceful lady still in the air. I was at school at Alderley Edge & used to see the prototypes fly over & watched in awe. i used to get over to Woodford with my dad to watch them doing trials. I used to live near Wharton & was always ready to watch any aircraft. I would like to know why XL391 was allowed to just rot away when they used to charge to go inside. I was amazed how tight it was to get up into the cockpit. I have done my bit from the U.S.A. with small donation, Hope she keeps flying to her 70th birthday
Happy Anniversary 558 I remember the day well and then seeing you for first time in years at Waddington wow what a spectacular memory and I thank all involved with your restoration and supporters for getting you back in the skies, lets do it again for 2015.
I saw my first RAF Vulcan flying at the Yoevilton Airshow in 1972 with my family when we use to live in Dawlish Devon. We were totally amazed that such a large thing like this could fly so gracefully. She was such a beautiful aircraft to watch. I could see how the Concord was developed from the Vul0can's shape and powerplant. It's a great shame that the RAF have retired them. They should be updated and reinstated as Britain's Supersonic Strike Aircraft as they were planning to do with the B3.
My Mother (Judith Baker at the time) worked for Defence in South Australia in the 1950's. She always told me how she touched the first vulcan to fly here and that it crashed on it's return home. She was very sad as she met the crew and said they were realy nice.
Yesterday I did a hangar tour and it was brilliant. A chap by the name of Steve gave a talk on the history of the Vulcan and, in particular, the history of XH558. He really knows his stuff and put it over very clearly, and at times with some humour. I then got the chance to get up close and personal with this superb aircraft, and really take in what makes it such an amazing piece of engineering. It you've never done the tour, I can highly recommend it. Let's all keep her flying.
Started my working life as an apprentice at A.V.Roe Woodford in 1959. Been proud to have worked on the Vulcan ever since. Really disappointed a couple of weeks ago having waited to see XH558 over Dublin only to find out later that she'd been grounded because of the fuel tank problem.
I always have thought of the VC10 in relachionship with the mighty Vulcan. I have taken many a trip on the VC 10 to places like Offut , Red Flag. Maple flag. It will be sad to see another beautiful plane retire from the skies. So, lets keep our wonderful bird XH558 flying as long as possible. With good memories Chas the Plumber.
as there are quite a few indoor static vulcans ,surely it be a good idea to maybe look at fuel bladders , engine parts etc ,surely they not all empty shells for viewing with just a sole purpose?? they got raided as far as canada for fuel probes some years ago !!
This year I've had the pleasure of seeing XH558 at RIAT and Cleethorpes and over Waddington 3 times (one an impromptu 'performance') - I live nearby but skipped Waddington Airshow and watched from my garden, both days. She's an old girl but truly awe inspiring. Dave's message, below, is on the nail - I hope the other tanks are being checked. Anyone at Duxford on Sunday? (cold and wet!) - saw their B2 in the hangar. Hoping XH558 will continue to fly; I've pledged a decent amount and youtube vids just aren't the same.
Sorry to hear the fuel leak means a new tank and more expense. Fortunate to see her 4 times this year, at Cosford, Oulton Park, Blackpool and Rhyl.
Dis-appointed not to see her at Southport, but hope this is not the end, and she will fly again.
Message for VTTS directors: I am a huge supporter and donate whenever I can, but a difficult question needs to be asked: what is the state of the other 13 fuel tanks? It would be tragic to raise the usual £800k over winter, plus £400k for Operation 2015, then have the Vulcan grounded again in 2014 if another tank springs a leak. Or even worse, if a tank leaked in-flight - we all remember what happened to Concorde. Surely it is prudent to find out if the other tanks are in as bad a state as tank no 5 - otherwise the wing leading edge work may all be in vain. Your supporters really need to know!
Hi all, just got up to date news ref fuel leak, didn't manage to see the old girl at Leuchars and now my plans for Southport will now be s####ped. Anyone in Galloway fancy organising a trip to go and see the girl on the ground ? I now look forward to seeing 558 back in the air in 2014. Good luck to the team.
sending you get well wishes 558, sorry to hear we wont see you again this year but I have pledged for 2015 and will continue doing what I can to ensure you get back where you belong. You did really well this season and I'm proud of you and the team that keep you airworthy and all that donate. Come on lets get you to 2015! Miss you already.
I was very lucky to see the Vulcn this year at Welshpool - and magnifiscent it was, too.
Just two negative comments: I am sure the declaration that 2013 would be the last season saddened many people, but possibly so disouraged them from donating? After all... The dream, great whilst it lasted, seemed to be coming to an end.
But then.... There is talk of continuing to 2015. Wonderful news, but How is this possible when we are told there are no more engines??? I visited the webite to get the full story.... But ddn't find it :-(
Happy memories of the Vulcan whilst at School in Poynton, Cheshire. The Vulcan interupted lots of lessons when it came into land at Woodford during its test flights and service visits. I am sure the XH558 would have done this on plenty of occasions.
I had the great pleasure of observing the Avro Vulcan fly in Canada at the Abbotsford Airshow. It was always a thrill to see and I am delighted to see that the legend lives on. Good show to all who keep the Avro Vulcan flying.
Looking forward to seeing XH558 at southport airshow next week.I used to see her in the 80s at finningley airbase airshow.Hope she keeps on flying for years to come
Saw 558 fly over me, the solitary hiker in Yorkshire's Crummack Dale, on 5th or 6th August this year. Last time I saw a Vulcan in flight was at Leuchars air display c.1983, so this sighting really made my day. Hope to catch you at a display before long. Very best wishes for the future.
To all the Vulcan team, keep up the good work and get that wee fuel leak fixed, I hope to see her at Southport later this month. Do ya best, I raise a dram to ya and if you can get it sorted....another donation!!
Sorry to hear about the issues with the fuel leak. I'm sure everyone is working hard to get this sorted. Take no notice of the comments on the 1st September as you have stated 1st time this season XH558 has had to cancel due to technical reasons and the interaction on Twitter is second to none! You all doing your best and it is appreciated! Keep up the good work.
Great display again at Rhyl. I gather from the commentary, Martin Withers was the pilot.
Fantastic low display over the beach, and the 3/4 Vulcan howls, went down very well with the crowd.
Hope to see you at Southport.
will I ever get the chance to see her display.? I have been a suppoter for many years but seem destined not to see her fly. 2011 went to shoreham, aircraft went tech, not there last year and she displayed, went this year and she went tech. very depressed.
Vulcans used to thunder across east leeds at low level quite regularly in the 1960's, probably on training flights, sometimes several times a week. Amazing sight and sound as they flew across.
It was sad to hear there was a fuel leak, however, I have seen this aircraft year in year out at Bournemouth air festival and I just hope that this incredible machine will take to the skies again soon! I would just like to say I have just downloaded the £2.99 app and made a £30 donation via mobile for the support of this beautiful aircraft. Thank you for many years of incredible displays x
Having always been a massive fan of the Avro Vulcan, the history of XH558 is truly inspiring and it's current day to day effort to keep the bird alive is humbling. I will wish the Vulcan to the Sky Trust the very best for Operation 2015 which is fantastic news. I also wish XH558 many more joyful flying hours showing off in the sky to us fans. Hoping Northern Ireland will see her again soon!
Heard her coming before seeing her...looked brilliant as she flew over the house.....keep her where she belongs..in the air
Anyone interested in purchasing XH558's original side slip indicator mounted on a timber stand ? This was given to me by Andy Edmundson Cheif Engineer of her restoration
Is so email me please
Gutted the best weapons platform ever built did not turn up at Bournemouth, but as an ex RAF aircraft engineer I know what it's like when aircraft go U/S on the pan prior to a show. Here's hoping to see the old girl flying again next season. Keep up the good work. Per Ardua.
Obviously you can't fly with a leaking fuel tank, but there were still 400,000 GUTTED people on Bournemouth sea front today. So disappointing.
More like "Vulcan never in the sky trust". Yet another year of no show at shoreham airshow. Not impressed.
Supposedly the peoples aircraft yet you don't communicate with people on your twitter page - yet you want people to put their hands in their pockets and support you. I love the Vulcan but you need to interact with people more!
Have wanted to see the vulcan in flight for many years and today I finaly got to. Amazing experience the size the sound was out of this world. Gave my donation and really hope you get the money u need to finish the rebuild. Many thanks for a great day at rhyl. I think 99% of the crowd was ther for you.i hope one day ill see it again. Cheers
Well 558 you did Rhyl proud! I was one of the crowd running to the display line to be as close as possible and you were spectacular. Display was kept within sight at all times and those low passes were worth waiting for. Donated as we left and hope to see you fly on into 2015.
I never thought I would see the beautiful Vulcan fly over North Wales again, as it once did regularly until its retirement. At Rhyl today, people ran to be as close to the display line as possible. My young kids were amazed. I was rather damp-eyed. A very emotional experience to see that unique shape run-in down the coast and remind us all of her sound. Lets's hope she keeps flying for as long as possible.
Just seen XH558 fly over shirebrook rather low & loud! heard it coming long before we saw her. Looked magnificent & such a joy for my father to see one flying over a regular flight patch back when they where in service. Thank you for making a young & old mans day.
I remember the Vulcan as a teenager in Norfolk, it was based at Marham aerodrome and we lived about 5 miles away, it used to practise take off and landing several times a day going over our house. A lovely sight even now all these years later.
Yes i was shocked to see what looked like some kind of fighter jet on saturday evening flying quite low.. looked amazing.. and loud!
She was SOOOOO beautiful in the sunshine at Wings and Wheels - THANK YOU, long may she fly
Having missed the 'Great Lady' on 24th at Dunsfold due to rain was surprised to see 'her', appear out of the seahaze at Wittering on the 25th. Whole seafront stopped to gawp as she passed overhead, watching till the sound faded. Return flight in opposite direction about two hours later - anyone know where she is next performing ?.
Was at Little Gransden today where the Vulcan did a three pass flypast. The Vulcan effect was evidenced by the entire audience standing up for her appearance - the only aircraft to have that effect today. We really must do our best to keep this iconic aircraft flying.
I just wondered - does anyone know where the Vulcan was heading today when I saw it near Bedford?
I wonder if it had taken off from Cranfield?
Looked up in the early evening sky in Northampton yesterday 24/8 and couldnt believe my eyes as the magnificent vulcan flew low above us.Reminded me of childhood in South Yorkshire when they were based at RAF Finningley, and a regular sight.
Just out walking the dog this afternoon and looked up to see the Vulcan bomber passing overhead near Bedford -beautiful sight!
What a treat this weekend - four garden flypasts! you can't mistake its her coming so time to look up and marvel! fantastic!
Also saw XH558 over Sywell yesterday, beautiful aircraft, it'll be a sad day when she stops flying.
Vulcan flew over sywell aerodrome at 1720 and dud a ten minute display .absolutely fantastic!!!, although nothing on special there this weekend.
Drove a round trip of over 400 miles to see the Vulcan at Clacton on Friday and it didn't disappoint - absolutely stunning display by Kev Rumens; never seen the beaches so packed. Thank-you to everyone at Vulcan to the Sky who made this possible. Will continue donating!
I looked up today and saw a Vulcan flying passed. It made me feel really warm and happy inside. I was born at RAF Waddington and I simply love to see a Vulcan in the air. There is little to beat it!!
Tremendous display at Dawlish 24/08/2013. Awesome. £10 to the Trust! Hope you can keep flying.
Best wishes, Paul.
Just flown over Radley at hedge height so fantastic to see that shape
I first witnessed the Vulcan way back in the early 80's when my parents used to take us all the big air shows of the day at the then RAF Greenham Common before the Cruise Missile business etc! It's a memory that's always stayed with me and my wife and I are very much looking forward 2 seeing this wonderful old girl at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels this weekend, I have seen XH558 at a good few shows now since she returned and we both dearly pray that she will get a reprieve for next year and years to come as the Uk will be all the worse off for not having an Airworthy Vulcan to amaze in summers to come!! Good luck for fab Aug B/H weekend of displays!!!
Just wanted to say how fantastic it was to see XH558 in the air where she belongs at RIAT on Saturday. The smile on everyones faces as I looked around with her arrival proved just how much everyone loves seeing her in flight.
Saw the Vulcan today at Clacton-on-Sea air show such a mighty display! She truly is spectacular!!
My Dad flew this Valcan in the 60's
At 18 years old in 1979, I had to priviledge of watching a Vulcan fly during an air show in San Antonio, Texas. The grandest sight I had ever seen, to that point. The power and grace as it flew numerous passes was truly amazing to me.
It was October1971 that martin gave me that lift home not 1970 as I said in the last message. It must have impressed me as that was over40 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday
My dad was in the RAF & flew the Vulcan in the early 60s & early 70s, He knew Martin Withers during that time, ,and as a small boy I remember Martin giving me a lift home from London to Scampton in 1970 in his M.G sports car (I think it was a red one !) .I wonder if he remembers doing it .
For Bill Perrins. Bill, saw your display at Newcastle on Saturday, fantastic. Good to see my old school collegue from Ben Madigan and BRA keeping the flag flying for 2390 squadron ATC!
Saw XH558 again today at Blackpool, had the pleasure to see her several times now and love it every time, many thanks to all the team
A few words to say that it was a pleasure to see the great Valcan heading home after its short stay in Belfast. I was in my front garden when it crawled its way over scrabo tower hill,it dropped to a hight afew hundred feet or so before it powered up and gracefully disappeared it to the distance.
Love the sound of that plane, one you don't forget.
Just seen your wonderful vulcan fly over cullingworth in west yorkshire. What an amazing sight and sound.
Living close to Blackpool Airport and seeing the degeneration and subsequent demise of XL391 which was there for many years, it is a joy to see XH558 in the sky where she belongs. A magnificiant aircraft and a joy to see and hear.
I just want to say thanks for bringing such a lovely plane to Belfast. How can I help to keep this lovely aircraft flying please let me know if I can either help with working on it or fundraising for it.
Just after seeing this magnificent aircraft in Newcastle, Co. Down and it was simply amazing.
I was an Avro apprentice in 1950s Saw 1st prototype VX770 being built. Later flew in Vx770 on tests. Keep up the great work on XH558.
I don't have any memories of the Vulcans, but I've been keeping up with your efforts to keep her flying. Unfortunately I don't think I'll make it to the UK in time to see her flying before you retire her. Such an awesome aircraft. I am lucky in other ways though. I live 30mins from where DH Mosquito KA114 was restored. So I got to see her progress over the last 8yrs.
Went to see Her at Fairford this year 2013,What a beauty,Not to be missed,Loved every minute of her display,Have loads of film to look back on.Fantastic day.
saw your beautiful lady yesterday whilst I was on the back roads of Lincolnshire. what a surprise to see this majestic, magnificent aircraft perform her gorgeous aerial ballet over the airfield at East Kirkby. Goosebumps and tears! Thankyou
Thanks for an excellent display at Oulton Park yesterday. We parked up on a country lane behind the race course, and think we got a better view than most in the arena. She kept flying straight over us, low and across the fields. Better than at any airshow.
See you at Blackpool next weekend.
The Bournemouth Air Festival is supposed to be the UK's biggest seaside airshow - yet after 12 months the organisers have failed to raise £9k for a single Vulcan display. They're about to learn the hard way that the Vulcan is THE reason why tens of thousands of people come to Bournemouth each year - and no amount of 'PR spin' about the show being the "best ever" will fool the public. It is very sad that XH558 won't be over Bournemouth this September in what could be her last year of flying. Such a wasted opportunity - and so tight of the "fully booked" hotels on the seafont to not chip in a few quid for a display.
She flew over Chesterfield on her outward journey and again on her return journey :) was amazing to see. I've not seen Vulcan since it was flying over Renfrew nr Glasgow Airport many many years ago x
She just flew directly over our house on her way to Carfest at Oulton Park. What a fantastic sight, and surprisingly quiet too.
I just saw the Vulcan fly over Mansfield at 14:00 today. Was a fantastic sight to behold.
Fantastic to see her at Sunderland brilliant display and what an entrance.
long may she grace our skies
seen this lovely lady many times. absolute pleasure to see. I always get emotional when she flys over, its that weird feeling you get when she passes, goosebumps, warm feeling inside, and watery eyes. would love the opportunity to visit her close up in real life as only ever seen her in the air. Would also love to help fundraising for her, how do I do that? always watching youtube videos of her. anyway I love this beautiful lady and will never look away or blink when she comes over. So passionate about her! shes even my phone background not my girlfriend ( didn't go down well) !
Mark Stephen - re your post @ 15.41 on the 28th July - are you for real?
XH558 flew very low over my village yesterday, what a thrill! Last time I saw one that close was Jan 7th 1971 when XM610 crashed in Wingate Co Durham. I was at school that day and remember it like it was yesterday, especially the noise. I just wondered whether XH558 had actually flown over the 1971 crash site in tribute as it appeared to come from that direction. Just wanted to say thanks for making my day and keep up the good work.
just had the shock of my life - just watching lewis hamilton winning the hungarian gp when i heard the loudest most horrendous engine sounds looked out the window to see what i immediately recognised as a vulcan bomber flying with its wing tips vertical ie totally on its side only about 500ft above the houses and looking like it was in major trouble ran to the other window to see it levelling up to nearly horizontal but still not very high and disappeared over the houses kept listening hoping i didnt hear a bang and dont think there was - no way was that a planned manouvere over a major housing estate whoever was flying it did well to save it but never heard an engine like that before sounded like he was asking over 100% from it to get it levelled up again still shaking now !!
15:15 hrs 28/07/13 She has just buzzed my garden at very low altitude on her way to Sunland air show .What a noise,what a thrill,what an honour.Thanks to all who keep her flying,fund raisers ground crew and air crew :)
I was at Hualien on the east coast of Taiwan last weekend when they were having a military exercise. People were complaining about the noise from the aircraft which passed low level close by; to me it was just an itch in the ear and if only they could experience the ground shaking and awe inspiring sounds of the Vulcan. I was at R.A.F Waddington for two years and on duty the day that Gp.Capt. Brown and Wg. Cmdr. Evans brought in the Lancaster. Thanks to all of you for including pictures and reports, makes me home sick !
Thanks for the flying dispalys during the Riat 2013. I hope the crew did enjoy the Jenever and the cheese
Mmmm - different website - not such a great forecast: thundery showers. Take umbrella; leave hood up on convertible :-(
I see the Cleethorpes website has been amended late this afternoon/evening - so Sunday it is! Nice line-up & good weather. Looking forward to it ...
Please could you let me know what time you are flying at Sunderland Airshow on Sunday. Thanks
What a thrill to see so many people take so much interest in this aircraft,on leaving school I became an apprentice at AVRO Chadderton,passing through thier training school,I remember in astonishment seeing the rows of airframes under construction before being shipped off to Woodford for final assembly.I have often wondered IF the Vulcan standing currently in Woodford could be of any use to your society now the facility is standing idle ? An honour and privilage to have played a very small part.
Was at RIAT 2013 on Saturday and fell in love. I idly watched a plane take off - I got weirdly goosebumpy and emotional. I didn't realise at first it was XH558 beause the commentary was so garbled - I'd never seen her before and had no idea she was so beautiful, and graceful. And the noise! Fabulous. Hoping to see her again next year.
I saw the Vulcan at RIAT 2013 at RAF Fairford this weekend. What an awesome aircraft and what a noise!
Great to see XH558 again on Saturday at RIAT - thanks to all who keep her flying. That magnificent shape and sound never disappoint. On that note, may I pass on a memory of the Vulcan (maybe XH558, who knows!) from the Sixties? I was at Farnborough with my Dad in 1963 or 64 (I was 14) and remember very clearly seeing a Vulcan modified to take one of the prototype Olympus engines destined for Concorde. It seemed to be attached tight up under the aircraft (maybe in the bomb bay?), thus giving the Vulcan five enginess, with one being at least as powerful as two of her standard ones. I can still see and hear that take off! The sound liquified the guts as she went into what seemed an impossibly steep climb and I still recall a long tail of sonic waves flowing out of the Concorde exhaust. I was utterly transfixed! The Vulcan flies like a fighter even with her 4 motors, so you can imagine how she went with the equivalent of 2 more! Does anyone else remember this use as a flying testbed?
Hang on - real need for joined-up thinking here: Cleethorpes website says XH558 flies on Saturday; this website says *new date Sunday.* What is it - I've put a fair few shillings in keeping this alive, so please sort out your publicity, monitor this Guestbook and LET PEOPLE KNOW!!!!!