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?
I took my children to see this amazing bird fly as it is reported that this year will be the last so a chance to see it fly was not to be missed, well done to all those involved in the display at Weston as it was a truly unforgettable day. I only hope this year is not the last that we see this beauty in the skys.
Can anyone tell me what time the flypast will be at Woodford and are you able to get on the old grounds? As most of the area is a demolition site
Wonderful display of XH558 at Weston-super-Mare on June 21st. This was a heartfelt display and wonderfully executed. Thanks to everyone who has committed themselves to keeping this beautiful aeroplane flying for as long as they have.
Fantastic display today at Weston SM, and so glad we've managed to see XH558 in her natural element. Many thanks to all those who have worked so hard to make it possible
Just seen the Vulcan flying at the Weston Air Show today. What can I say? Fabulous, awesome, elegant and poignant. I remember visiting RAF Finningley regularly as a child and seeing Vulcans there (and standing under the wings when it rained). Hearing "that sound" today, was something special.
My family will be waiting for Vulcan fly past at Woodford next Saturday with much pride, in memory of my father, Jimmy Harrison, Chief Test Pilot, who took me up in that magic aircraft as a small child over fifty years ago! Breathtaking.
Just seen the Vulcan doing a short display for Wellesbourne Airfield. Feeling kind of wiered. Have always held on to childhood memories of Vulcans flying from Gaydon Airfield, day and night. Watching them take off and land. Memories of a location know as the blackberry bush, alongside the perimiter fencing of the airfield.
Remembering the fantatic Airshows held there.
Lovely display at Welshpool, finally got to see the Vulcan flying again before she's grounded. It's a great shame she won't be adorning the Sykes after this year. Thanks to everyone who has had a hand in keeping her flying including everyone who has donated????
I am still buzzing from seeing my top-favourite aircraft XH558 over Welshpool. Thank you so much to the team for the memories you bring back to many people. I first saw a Vulcan (4 of them, actually) at Finningley Air Day, 1961, where my new boyfriend was stationed. He was an armourer, and worked on XH558, along with others. I can still feel the ground shaking when 4 Vulcans scrambled, and I've loved them ever since. That boyfriend became my husband of 50 years, before he died last year, and his name is now carried in the bomb-bay as his memorial. I was at Welshpool with our family to say our goodbyes to a beautiful bird.
Thanks for a fantastic display from 558 at Welshpool on Sunday. It took me back to childhood airdays with my dad who, as an "Erk" had serviced Vulcan radars. I must confess to a brief tear as she thundered off over the horizon into Shropshire, just thinking that I shall never see (or hear!) the mighty V bomber ever again
Made my first ever airshow at Cosford with the main aim to see your wonderful aircraft, what an amazing sight.Took the wife with me and she remarked that she had never seen so many people just watching and not saying a word during the display, even the kids were quiet. The most memorable remark afterwards was from a little girl who said to her grandad that her favorite plane wasn't going to fly anymore and what was she going to watch! Magical sight and very sad I waited till now to see it, but glad too that I have.
Saw this magnificent plane yesterday at cosford and bought a tear to my eye to think it will never fly our skies again after this year well done to all involved
Finally got to see her in Flight at Cosford yesterday, breathtaking. I will most certainly go to see her again before she retires
Saw XH558 yesterday at Cosford,lovely display.
Well done to all involved.See you at R.I.A.T.
First saw the Vulcan many years ago at the old Manchester Air Show a magnificent sight, could you do a fly past on July 5th the airshow has been re- introduced again. XH558 has many fans here it would be fantastic to get a last glimpe.
Hi, saw the flypast earlier at Chomodely Pageant of Power, it was awe inspiring; my son says it blew him on to the floor...
Just seen the Vulcan at Cosford... looking forward to Bournemouth
thank you all
I am so sad to not see 558 not bypassing the numerous airfields in the south ,fairford , brize . You have massive supporters in these areas than you think . I can't get to scamp ton or surrounding airfields . Let us see a fly through hp15 6au , high Wycombe , my father was an raf engineer through the Cold War based in Cyprus . Went on to Concorde . He & I are totally mad on 558 , we would love to have the opportunity to see history being made , plz reconsider your route for this
Any chance the XH558 will be making an apperance at Cleethorpes Armed Forces MAD on the 28th of June. Go on you know you want to
Spotted the XH558 flying unannounced recently low over Scarborough, what a fantastic site didn’t have my camera. Remember a Vulcan practising tight turns over the South Bay Pool in the early 80s. Visit again chaps!
I served most of my service time with the Vulcans
first at Scampton 1976-78 then at Waddington in 82' I was one of the last RAF Policemen to do guard duty on them before they went off to Ascention Isle before going to bomb Stanley in the Falklands. But , seeing XH558 over Lincoln always bring a tear to my eyes with pride .
Brilliant display at Throckmorton by the thunder in the skies Vulcan XH558. Last seen at Gaydon when I was 7 yrs old some 50 yrs ago.It
shook the ground on take off and scared me to death but I never forgot it. Wonderful thankyou so much
I saw the Vulcan land at Sunderland Airport
one of the best memories of my Life
Absolutely thrilling to see XH558 flying over Darlingscott on Saturday. It will be a treasured memory. Thank you to the Trust for keeping her in the sky this year - and to those who designed and built her, maintained her and flew her.
Great to see this over the Worcestershire countryside bringing back memories for a lot of people. Hard to believe we'll never see anything like this in the sky again after this tour
Just queued for four hours in traffic to see her fly at throckmorton. Would have queued for forty!! Such a beautiful sight and a wonderful piece of design history.
I have just read with regret the end of an era when XH558 ceases to grace our skies. When I open the front door of my house the first thing I see is a framed picture of this magnificent aircraft..
In the period 1966-69 I worked on 558 many times as an armament fitter either loading the bombs on exercises or other system checks If I remember correctly the a/c was part of the OCU. I read with interest the the collapse of 556 ,s nose wheel which I also witnessed. Probably the thing
I will always remember is the almighty roar when we stood in close proximity on the runway dispersal and four aircraft scrambled, awesome. I hope to arrange a visit sometime shortly , meanwhile I look forward to the flight over Shuttleworth in July
Eric Hartley Armament Fitter.
Lovely to see the Vulcan flying over today. Our two boys were really chuffed to see it!!
XH558 just did an unofficial fly past of Farm Close, Shipston on Stour on its way to Wellesbourne after being at Throckmorton
So low, so close, so cool.
Made my day, thanks.
I was a Crewchief on XM657 from '65 to '70. Our annual reunion this year will be the last for many of us also.
Would be great if we could get a flypast at Ullesthorpe on the weekend of the 23rd October.
My dad worked on the Vulcan for many years. Without question those years were the most special of his life and he was so proud to be part of the team that worked on the refuelling project during the Falklands campaign.
I still recall the thrill of attending the air shows at Woodford when this beautiful aircraft roared across the sky. A truly awesome experience for an eight year old.
We were going to take dad to see the plane in 2013. Sadly he lost the battle we all lose in the end.
We had a name plate put on a Vulcan as a tribute.
I will certainly be attending at least one event and no doubt will shed a tear.
My gratitude goes to all those who have made this possible.
I lived in Lincoln for over 40 years and remember as a child, our teacher having to stop talking whenever a Vulcan flew overhead. I also remember lying in bed at night listening to the sound of Vulcan engines being tested. When the sound stopped suddenly, I thought they were going to crash. I now know better. I plan to travel to the UK this July to see XH 558 fly for her last season. I am excited about my trip and hope to see her fly on more than one occasion. I have great memories of clambering aboard 558 at Waddington when a member of the Vulcan Association with Peter Quike. It's a great shame that this will be her last flying season, but her memory will live on in the minds of untold people; myself included. Have a safe and great flying season.
Just flew LOW over Long bennington (heading sw) then 5 minutes later heading NE - great sight !
Fantastic suprise to see the Vulcan flying around Scarborough seafront today. A beautiful sight, made my day in the sunshine to see such a rare roaring beauty
I was 7 on the Isle of Wight when I used to see a white line high in the sky, my dad said that's a Vulcan. I am now 63 and still love that plane, she did us proud and we should look after her in retirement. Michael in Cape Town.
I saw the Vulcan for the first time at Christmas Island 1957 during H-Bomb Tests were I served with REME. Have seen XH558 at Welshpool for the last two years and looking forward to seeing her again at this years show. So sorry to hear it may be her last year flying. A truly amazing aircraft designed and built when the UK aircraft industry was dominant as were the test pilots who flew them.
Okay, we will loose 558 to the sky at the end of the year,we've had 7 good years. So lets get behind a project just as important, the peoples mostquito, and lets get one flying in the uk to put a smile on the face of that great pilot Eric'Winkle'Brown
happy birthday xh558 ,god bless you .long may you rule the sky
We used to go to the air displays at RAF Finninley ( Robin Hood airport ) as young children with our late father late 60s /early 70s , can still remember watching the many Vulcans scramble on the runway with all engines going ,somethings you never forget
Wow! Thank you for the display across Scarborough today! A VERY nice low level pass over the bay! Fantastic!
XH558 just banked right over our house this afternoon whilst doing a display at Elvington. Awesome. Hope to see it back here very, very soon.
wow! very unexpected visit to scarborough on 21st may 2015! the vulcan took a few people by suprise flying that low over the harbour!
It's an amazing achievement to see such an iconic aircraft like the Vulcan still flying in our modern skies, as a young pilot myself I can't imagine what it was like to fly this howling monster! It's so unfortunate to see this beautiful aircraft finally ending its career at the end of this year, I would've loved to have seen this amazing machine grace the skies once, but unfortunately I will not be able to. I wish the team all the best and hope that maybe one day she will return to our skies!
I was a member of the R.A.F. sept 64 to April 76. Was employed as a telegraphist at R.A.F. Mildenhall in 1966-67. One of our comms tasks was to work the V force on W/t (wireless telegraphy) in contact with the Air Electronics Officer on board these magnificent machines. They flew out of Marham,Cottesmore Waddington and Wittering with their Nuclear deterrent...An enjoyable and interesting period of my time with the R.A.F. Graham Wright
I was an air radar mechanic on line squadron at RAF Waddington form 1969 to 72, then in ME(A)S from 72 to 73 at Waddo. After fitters course posted to Strike Command Avionics Development and Servicing Unit at RAF Scampton from 75 to demob in78. I have done many scrambles from ORP at Waddinton and will have worked on XH558 both on the line and in the hangar. I will be sorry to see her grounded at the end of this season as it seems like the end of an era to me. I could tell you many stories about working on Vulcans in the those days, as there was excellent camaraderie amongst all ranks and trades on the line squadron. I was fortunate to do three detachments with the Vulcans, twice to Singapore and once to Malta. I look back on those days with many fond memories.
Congratulations to all involved in returning 558 to airworthiness and allowing another generation to experience some of the excitement she brings to all. When I left the team I struggled to find the commitment to get involved with the return to flight process because I personally believed the task was insurmountable.THANKYOU everyone for proving me so very wrong!
Further to my previous message, at that same time I belief an RNZAF Flight Lieutenant established a new world bag pipes playing altitude record in that Vulcan. I do not now what or if they used QNH or FL. Probably QNH would be more appropriate.