So proud to have XH558 on our homepage, so our visitors to the web page can click through. We are passionate about classic motorbikes and I've managed to get some of our members to become Vulcan spotters as well. Will send you a donation from our club soon.
558 might have been built to vaporise russian cities ( what a better world we now live in than the cold war so vividly recalled by the vulcan) but Avro's also managed to build the best display aircraft EVER. Grace, beauty and ( literally) ground shaking power. 558 fly on for ever!!!!!
Just had the Vulcan fly over our house near o Gainsborough - what a sight! Keep up the good work!!
Booked earlybird tickets for RIAT months ago and live less than 3 miles from Waddington. Duxford in September would be a real plus - loved seeing XH558 there last year. RIAT 2012 was a riot, despite the rain - in addition to XH558 would love to see there again this year, the MIG, Osprey and Dassault Rafale. F16 and Saab Gripen already confirmed - last year's show is a tough act to follow.
i was lucky - I had 2 years as an electrical fitter on 230 OCU (inluding XH 5580 - what a fantastic job it was!
A My first view of the Vulcan must have been in the mid 50’s when my father took me on our annual pilgrimage to SBAC Farnbrough Air Show, those were the days, every year there would be a host of new British aircraft. This particular year the Vulcan did a fly past accompanied by the Avro 707A,B and C development aircraft, all miniature Vulcan’s ! I still have a faded photograph taken with my box Brownie. Many years later as a Chief Technician I was to serve on 101 Squadron again equipped with the Vulcan B.2 in its twilight years. I am so thankful to the Royal Air Force for the privilege and honour of serving my country for 28 years Malcolm McDonald (Mac) ex Chief Technician X1940353.
Visited XH558 today with my father-in-law who was a Vulcan Test Pilot in the '60s. What a tremendous welcome to an organisation which represents the finest traditions of the RAF and the UK Armed Services in general: a real sense of camaraderie and purpose. Sid (our guide) was a total star, and helped communicate the labour of love of this project. More strength to your arm and keep flying the flag.
apollogie for the the miss spelling XH558 .
what a marvelous bird the vulcan Xh588 is
i remember the airshow days at finningley what a air show that was world beater in my oppinion wish it was still on today it was the best .
long live the vulcan .
I visited XH558 at her home last week and was truly inspired by the awesome sight that is the Vulcan. I would love to see her roar past Blackpool tower at our airshow in August.
The staff and whole afternoon were amazing and would recommend it to everyone. Just a shame Blackpool lost its (Vulcan XL391) and it was not given the love XH558 gets. Major respect to all that love and work on her.
I am on holiday in the UK and I saw a XH558 sticker on a car window today. I am retired from the US Navy and I was stationed on Midway Island in the pacific during the early 1970's. My job was to refuel planes when they visited Midway on transit accross the pacific. Once a year two vulcans would come to our litttle island and stay for a week or two on training exercises with the US Navy and US Airforce. One time when they were there an american child was severely injured in an accident and the crew of one of the vulcans did an emergency evacuation of the child and mother to Honolulu Hawaii that saved the child's life. The crew of the vulcan said they may have set a new flight time record for that distance during the evacuation. We threw a big party for the crew and we were very grateful for their help. I still have fond memories of the great vulcans taking off together on Midway with the after burners kicked in they would vibrate the entire island with their sound. Live on!!!!!
saw the Vulcan fly at Waddington a few years ago great to see her fly every year the sun was a bit hot one year so myself and my father sheltered under her wings. See you at Waddington 2013.
Congratulations to the raffle winners, especially the 1st prize! You must be walking on air right now. What a fantastic day it will be. Looking forward to airshow season and seeing 558 in all her glory.
Just as an aside from everything Vulcan, we will of course one day lose the opportunity to see her flying. Hopefully she will still be able to do fast taxi runs. I've often thought that the same energy and support could be transferred to a Concorde and surely lottery funding would also be possible to attain. When Concorde was finally grounded, British Airways criminally cut all the hydraulics. But with the know how that exists, plus airframes with very low flying hours, surely ther is a prject "in waiting".
One problem is that the remaining airframes are rather spread out and it is not possible to fly any of them to Robin Hood airport. But I wonder how many people think that such a project would be a wonderful continuation of the work that has been done on the Vulcan. In some ways the Concorde was the greatest leap in civil avaition and yet today, we have no supersonic transport flying. Many young people will never have seen Concorde in the air. What a journey to see one flying again.
As a boy I used to travel from Leeds to Goole where an aunt and uncle had a fish and chip shop. One day I remember seeing four vulcans doing a QRA from Waddington. What an amazing sight to see four huge delta wings reaching to the sky trailing black smoke from heir Olympus engines. I had never seen such a futuritic sight and the memory has stayed with me all these years. There is no other aircraft (apart from Concorde) which makes the earth tremble as it accelerates. I hope there is a chance to keeo her flying into 2014 and beyond. She is a true memorial to British Aerospace Design.
Ihave loved the Vulcan Bomber since I was a kid in the 1960's. In 1962 my very brave father took myself and my 5 older siblings to the first Abbotsford Airshow. The Vulcans first appearance was in 67. We lived for years about 4or5 miles from the airport and the airshow was a big thing for us. When i was about 14 I headed over to a friends house on my horse and with our horsed headed up to a hillside that overlooked the airport which was a couple miles away. What a view. There was at least one hundred people there already. We tied up our horses and proceeded to enjoy the view. None of us realized that the Vulcan had taken off and was out and about. Next thing you know It's right on top of us. it snuck up behind us without a sound until it was over us. We could see the pilots faces. AMAZING! The horses were not impressed though. Mine got lose and ran back to my friends house. I have missed seeing the Vulcan all this years and I hope she will see the skys again!!!
I really do hope that she fly's at this years Bournemouth Air Festival! As last year she drew in a massive crowd on the Saturday & Sunday! Fingers crossed :-)
Hi all just wondered if there is any chance Xh558 will be doing a Fly Past with the red arrows next week.. Given the obvious Falklands and Maggie link it would seem a very fitting tribute..?
My affinity with the Vulcan began with my posting to RAF Waddington in August 1957,to the GCA Radar site out in the middle of the airfield. My hairiest moment came on Feb 28 /58 when XA902 crash landed & finished up barely 30 yds from our site.
I went to the hanger with the hayfield school and we worked under it it was the most Emence plane I have ever been near it was a once in a life time opportunity thank you to the worker Megan
My dad was also heavily involved with the vulcan refuelling during the falklands war, dont remember seeing much of him at all then! I was in the service myself and in around 1990 ish I was given a painting of the XH558 by the artist Kevin Kaye, who I think also served. My siblings and I have purchased shares in my dads name as he died in 2010 of Pancreatic Cancer. He would have loved to have seen it fly again.
I remember my belated husband working 12 hour shifts on this aircraft in preparation for it's departure to the Falkland Islands. He was so proud when it ultimately brought an end to the air invasions by the Argentinian's. Sadly he passed away in 2003, and this year would be his 60th birthday, so we are purchasing shares to have his memorium on the bomb bay door's in May. I cannot think of any better way to commemorate his life. He would have loved this idea. We hope to see the inscription at RAF Waddington in July this year. I also remember how amazed my parents (both deceased) were to see such a massive plane flying so gracefully when they were honoured with a classic Vulcan display while they were staying with us at RAF Waddington for a few days. Such a magnificent piece of aviation history.
Since the 2013 season will probably see the finale to her appearances overhead anywhere are there any plans afoot to save some of her remaining hours for a UK wide farewell tour ?
Thank you so much best day of my life EVER can't wait to come back :)
If Ormond Haydon-Baillie were still alive, I think all the funding necessary would be found for XH558. He was a master of finding (free) parts and cash for projects and had a large collection of privately owned aircraft. Sadly he was killed in his P-51 in Germany, Finthen Arey Airfield 1977. He was famed for his antics in his 'Black Knight' T33. A true gentleman and "as good a pilot as there ever was"
I watched the sad last flight with my dad after seeing her a few times as a boy then in 97 he died and never saw her return to flight after donating as much as I could and watching for a few years the painfully but rightfully slow restoration on the 14th October 2007 my son was born and we both watched the news in the hospital showing the return to flight. He hadn't seen her fly for various reasons at a show then last year we gave some more money for the celebration flight we went to RAF Halton and saw her she waved her wings and produced a smile followed by daddy is that our plane its everybody's I said. Please keep her flying as long as possible she means so much to so many. But tank you and well done for everything so far
does anyone know if the vulcan will be flying at the manston airport airshow or will it be a ground exhibition only? many thanks,matt
I've just popped another 27GB sterling into XH558 - an insurance share certificate. I also donate monthly by direct debit. Although small beer to some, I've invested a fair bit in her and can't conceive of the day she ceases to fly. Where on earth are Richard Branson and the like and what about a contribution from the unclaimed 64m lottery prize. A national treasure facing a national disgrace.
WCG - Thanks for your response, I will try and stop worrying. A few people on twitter recognise the symbol but I dont. Thank you
Shirley : Re. your comment "Quite worried by the news of an announcement on 21.03.13" ........ No need to worry -- it's a good announcement not a bad one !! 8-)
Quite worried by the news of an announcement on 21.03.13. I'm still reeling from the one announcing her 'probable final flying year' VTTS please have faith in us, she needs to fly!
In the early 60's we moved to a small village called Whitton in Noth Lincolnshire, one summers day when I was around 8 years old I was surprised to hear a thunderous noise coming from somewhere over the river Humber, it was difficult to understand what the noise was and where it was coming from untill a large white delta wing did a climbing turn and turned off the after burners and then there was silence again. I still remember it vividly. Many years later when my interest in aviation took hold I often wondered if it was XS 558 that I had heard on that summers day back in the early 60's
Got my 3 certificates today 9early birthday treats) great gifts and supporting the graceful, beautiful Vulcan is a bonus! cant wait to start tracking her all over the uk skies again soon with my Dad. I love sitting and waiting in anticipation of her flying past en route somewhere. Miss you 558 and hope to see you very very soon, the skies are empty without you!
Great tour yesterday, with Terry, both knowledgable and humorous .
I don't know if I ever worked on XH558, but I ended my RAF career in1973 at RAF St. Athan M.U. servicing the air radar on Vulcans. Beautiful aircraft, but miles of electrics. Hope the old girl flies for a long time yet.
One summers day in the mid 70's, I must have been about 12 I guess, my Dad and I were travelling back to Somerset from visiting friends in Derbyshire. We stopped in a small lay by next to what was then, RAF Kemble. To our delight and amazement we witnessed a Vulcan doing 'circuits and bumps' it came around, just touched the runway and powered away, flew around and repeated the manoeuvre again and again. My Dad and I shared this moment and from that moment on shared an absolute love of this very special aircraft. My Dad passed away in 1999 and each time I see the Vulcan I think of my Dad and that summers day in a lay by in Gloucester. A moment in time, awesome and thrilling, it has stayed with me ever since and will do so for as long as l live. I hope the Vulcan will be flying for many years to come. Thank you to everyone who is involved in keeping her in the clouds where she belongs.
hi i can go back at least 40 years and recall the magic of the mighty vulcans taking off out of bitteswell aerodrome (now magna park!) standing under the take off flight path as they roared over at full throttle is a memory i will never forget. the noise and smell of pure power, combined with the the gracefull sight of that beautiful delta lady powering through the sky is something that will stay with me, strange really, the vulcan to me was a regular sight back then, as were the red arrows display team,(regular visitors to b.a.e. bitteswell) but even now, as i write, the vulcan bomber still has, and always will have, a special place in my heart, flying or not!! any one else out there remember the days of bitteswell aerodrome??
To the VTST Team:- keep up the fantastic work on XH558. Taff... you are an engineering legend!
Have recently painted a large mural and poem honouring XH558, which will appear at the annual Odlins Art Exhibition which opens next Tuesday night.
All my experiences of Vulcans over NZ skies since the mid-50's have been fantastic...but then the mighty Vulcan has always been a fantastic plane.
All my best wishes to the "Delta Lady" GRAHAM
I have wonderful memories of seeing Vulcans as a child at various air shows with my parents. An unforgettable one is the time when there were 6 Vulcans doing a 'scramble'. I can still remember feeling the ground shaking under our feet. It was an awesome sight. I wanted to fly these beautiful aircraft but alas it was before women were allowed to fly in the RAF
I was a workshop techie during OP CORPORATE and worked on the Martel pylons and the refuelling system. I was one of the team that made the 'colander' that stopped fuel running down the probe and over the canopy. A whacky idea but I recall it worked! One of my pylons is in the museum at Cosford, so I am a very happy ex-techie! I still have a brass and copper model of a Vulcan made for me as a leaving gift by my station workshop colleagues. Very memorable days.
On the 23rd March 1993, I did the last refuel of XH558 as a RAF asset. To see her flying all these years later is fantastic. My now grown up kids never flinched with her engine howl. Beautiful aircraft.
My first encounter with a mighty Vulcan was at the age of 2, I apparently ran around asking 'whats that' over and over. Im nearing 40 now and have never stopped being thrilled to the core each and every time Ive been lucky enough to see a Vulcan (mainly 558) Lets keep her up where she belongs as long as possible, she is a big part of my life and Im proud to support her.
Hooked since the Vulcan flew low above me up the length of Windmill Rd RAF Marham in 1976. Sad but wowed by the farewell flight at RAF Finningly and wowed again at RIAT in 2010.
I have so many memories from the displays with the Red Arrows in the 80's. However my favourite is the spectacular private display XH558 put on for us over RAF Wyton in the summer of 2010. That was a privilege and so moving.
My first memory of XH558 was when I was I 9 (2006) my dad and myself visited XH558 at Bruntingthorpe when she was under going maintenance ready for the return of the Vulcan. I Got to look at XH558 inside and out. It was fantastic !
My first memory of Vulcans is from when we were stationed in Malta - I can remember standing by the airfield at Luqa listening to the roar as they started up their engines, still sends shivers down my spine. :)
My favourite memory of xh558 was the first time I actually saw her flying in on the Friday of the 2009 Fairfird airshow weekend. I stood there speechless as she came in to land after years of following the story of her restoration. It's one of those icons of Britishness that I'm pleased to say I have now witnessed in its prime with my own eyes before sadly she goes into retirement! I truly iconic sight to behold!
I grew up being taken to air shows by my dad. My 10 year old has been desperate to see the Vulcan. Last summer he came running in from the garden shouting there was a Vulcan flying over -I rushed outside and he was right XH558 was doing a practice display over RAF Wattisham over the fields from us (I later found out on her way to clacton air show) a wonderful treat for us both!
Always loved older flying machines, F-104 my fave. Friend told me about XH558, went to Farnborough 2010 just to see her, fell in love at first sight. Such grace and power and sheer beauty! Been contributing to funding as possible. Thank you everyone for keeping her flying. Love from abroad, mighty lady!
Used to go on holiday to Rhosneigr, mother played golf at Anglesey Golf course. She ended up flat to the ground if a Vulcan came in while she played the first hole
I have two vivid images of the Vulcan from my days as an AVRO engineering apprentice. First, around 1952 in the Research Dept - the full scale wooden mockup that contrasted so sharply with the Shackletons then on the production line!
Secondly, Roly Falk's flypast of the prototype around 1954 for the benefit of the factory workers at Middleton that stopped the traffic and nearly took the roof off!
Good luck with keeping our memories alive.
My friends daughter has never seen 1 flying so,hopefully will see 558 at Waddo this year and show her 1 of the birds he used to fly(XM648),Flt Lt Andy French
Thanks for the photo. I spent 1955 maintaining teleprinter communications on the CAF network at the Signals Centre Control Room at RAF Negombo and once sheltered from the rain under the wing of a visiting Vulcan - but didn't have my camera with me.
I was at a Battle of Britain Day at Biggin Hill ( still live a couple of miles away ) must have been very early 60's when the pilot put a Vulcan on its tail on a pass and went almost vertically up never ever experienced anything like it in my life its what an earthquake must feel like to this day it is still vivid in my mind , considering I have been under a Lightning going straight up after burners on full song !!
I've been on a hangar tour ( highly recommended ) and was lucky enough to see XH558 put on a fantastic display at Eastbourne in 2012 even Her In Doors wants to see XH558 again !
I support Vulcan to the Sky including the Various share Certificates and sourcing presents where possible through the available merchandise .
As the fantastically enthusiastic team working to keep her flying say if everybody interested coughed up something we'll see her in the skies this year !
Lets hope the wing modification Boffins give the thumbs up !!
Hi, just an update on XM603 at Woodford. I see this plane parked up everyday while birding the woodford \ Adlington site. A few days ago she moved! not far but nearer to buildings and the tarmac.... not sure how significant this is but maybe either an external clean up! or moving on out! Either way I though you may be intrested. I will post some pics on my blog shortly..bfbsoutdoorramblings.
Very best regards
Worked at HSA Bitteswell 1960 to the close. From apprentice to Safety Officer via senior inspector, did numerous Trial Instalations including Forward/aft aerials, cockpit rail and Fatigue Index/rear spar mods.
Great to see this beautiful lady at home, looking forward to seeing her fly again.Well done to all theVolnteers who continue to ensure that we get to see her proudly flying in our skys.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 558 - and fantastic news about you attending R.I.A.T - absolutely made my day!!! Thanks to all Vulcan supporters who continue to support her and VTTS.
It's a shame it will be the last year for the Vulcan but what a great few years we have been treated to seeing her fly again, A great year to bow out on with the 60th anniversary of the coronation and hopefully a flypast over London to say goodbye
my godfather was a flight engineer flt gordan anthony pulman ,he perished in 1970,s in the malta crash...though knicknamed flying coffin by navigators like concorde was way ahead of its time and am honoured you keep the dream alive
To clear up 2 rumours:- The "Kiwi Vulcan" was an RNZAF Ohakea prank! In March 1972, XH562 stopped over at NZ briefly on it's way back from Cyprus. Overnight, the nose was re-painted in RNZAF Ohakea colours complete with Kiwi logo (a la A4K Skyhawk). It even flew back to England like that! I have some historical photos. This IS the Vulcan that overflew the Kingston Flyer steam train, and cast a giant delta-shadow, like Kev did with XH558 at RIAT.
The Rongotai Airport incident involved XH498 clipping the south end of the runway... no wind-shear, no cross-winds, just pilot error. I have several vids of that, and have slo-mo'd it, to confirm that the port wing even clipped the ground, creating dustballs. The port undercarriage punched up into the wing ripping open the tanks and streaming fuel everywhere. The pilot barely gathered her up, aborted, and flew some 30 min to RANZF Ohakea and bellied her safely along the grass by the runway. She got safely back to the UK afterward. GRAHAM
good to see at eastbourne brought back childhood memories when ilived at raf scampton in the seventies,please display at eastbourne if poss in 2013
Greetings to XRAY-HOTEL-FIVE-FIVE-EIGHT from NZ! In the 1950s -early 1970s, RAF 617 sent several B1s and B2s over here. Dumbstruck to see them fly over NZ airspace (particularly in 1950s to early 1960s. Been (illegfally) posting 5 pound notes back to Britty to keep my fave warbird still airborne, all these years "Delta Lady"," Tin Triangle"," Martin's Mistress":- there is only one XH558. Tears stream down my face every time I see her on Youtube.... and that Vulcan Howl! What a sound... even live over Central Otago (NZ) circa 1973 as she started to swoop down over the Kingston Flyer Steam Train that my grandad built at Hillside. Martin, Taff, and the rest of the Trust Team:- keep up the fantastic work. I'm a Vulcan hugger totally smitten with . XH558 (you are totally off-the-scale awesome). Keep her up there in the sky (where she rightfully belongs) as long as you can. She's got countless adoring fans globally. I've always loved Vulcans... XH558 is the best of the best! Graham
Glad we all helped with the fuel! I thought the cost of filling my car was bad but seeing 558's bill put that in perspective! Just sent my suggestion to the BBC today show for her to get big business sponsorship following the link given out on twitter (http://bbc.in/YiAB2g) Lets hope it gets a response
My brother and I had a brilliant visit today at Doncaster. Thank you so much to all specially to Barry Masefield for showing us around. Perfect morning out!
Just looked at the photos of the ejection seat changes. How things have changed when we was out overseas that was done on the line . Health and Safety no way no hard hats no safety harness or cherry picker.It was the same when I changed seats on Hunters 40C on the line at Shajah. Stand on the back of the aircraft and pull out, first making sure it had all the safety pins in. Pass down to your fellow armourer. Good luck with every thing I have worked on the girl during the late 60's John
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNV4yv8N4mA&list=FLkkebcqHfPECG_N_3REwFOA&feature=mh_lolz One of the best howls ever!
She is not just a plane, she is a part of our history. I hope to God someone somewhere can come up with the funds to keep the old girl in the air. For one reason or another, i've still yet to see her fly, but i will next year no matter what, and i'll be stood in the crowd , looking up with tears in my eyes. No other aircraft gives off the feelgood factor that XH558 does. Her looks, her noise, that howl and her history for Britain make her worth far more to the country than most of the other projects we throw money away on.. Just watching clips of her when she howls makes me hold my breath to stop my eyes filling up. I hope i drop the lottery one day, because apart from my daughter, XH558 will always be my girl.
I agree with Ians comments, 558 should get more help from lottery, government and there are famous people with interest in fast cars and planes, but I guess if they could/wanted to help they would of by now. Good job she has us loyal fans to keep her in the air, but I always remain hopeful a lottery winner is a Vulcan fan!
The Vulcan is very much part of our heritage just like the BBM Flight. The RAF/Government should realise both the immense historical interest and the public "feel good factor" this fine British machine generates. If sadly 2013 is 558s last display season then surely a true enthusiast would not want her to be left earthbound forever. Maybe a new career in the USA, where the aviation authority assists single type aircraft to fly in a airworthy safe condition under the "experimental" catagory. Then 558 would not have the same public indignity that was inflicted on Concorde (sat outside air terminals and museums to deteriorate and probably eventually be broken up ). The restoration team and especially 558 deserve better. So is it not time for the Prime Minister, Politicians, owners of large companies and even stars of the the football field, music, stage and film to come forward and "stand up and be counted" in saving the last and probably best loved British icon of the sky ?
I flew 558 in October 1963 on my Command course at Finingley which was the Vulcan Operational Conversion. Surely the Vulcan was the best British aircraft ever built and I was priveleged to spend five years flying them on 83 Squadron at Scampton.
Thank you for keeping this machine in the sky. I saw it at Waddington in 2011 and was amazed. What a truly beautiful machine.
Oh and Angus's 'Vulcan Bomber' track is brilliant, singing it already, very catchy. Well done, will buy it.
Just listened to Martin on Chris Evans show, so glad Chris is on board with loving the Mighty Vulcan, lets hope he finds lots of new Vulcan fans. I'm proud of her and cant wait to see her this year, Vulcan you are the best, always will be.
I was given the opportunity to have flying lessons and have decided to go for it. In exchange for taking his grand daughter to Greece on holiday, a former Vulcan pilot(XM648), various fast jets, RAF QFI & commercial captain is providing help with the ground school side of things. Hard work with lots of reading but got to be worth it, right
i am a life long fan of the vulcan we visit bournemouth regular it was brilliant on one of our trips to watch the vulcan at the air show it made our weekend very special.
i have been a life long fan of the vulcan my wife bought me the uncut video for christmas its brilliant.
addnendum to last message.... i also have the two books about the vulcan which went to the falklands
i am also treasurer of North Lincs Armed Forces Day Committtee..
whilst serving in the RAF auxilary force at scampton in 1882 we often had to wait for the vulcans to pass as they taxied for take off..and they were magnificent
to see as they passed at very close quarters (5 TO 10 FT ) IN PASSING
sou fâ do Vulcan a muito tempo, inclusive tenho uma réplica, montada por mim, em meu acervo. espero que tenham sucesso.
Translation (by Mod from Portuguese to English)
I'm a fan of the Vulcan in a long time, even have a replica, built by me, in my collection. I hope you have success.
My first view of a Vulcan was at the '50 years of Flying' display at R.A.F. Hendon in 1953. Also in the show was the second prototype Victor in a matt black scheme with a red cheat line. Throughout the Vulcan's service life I have always had a soft spot for that howl.
hi why should they got throw away the plane xh558 can than find the parts for her any more thank you ruthxx
Was on F dispersal on B2 Vulcans at Scampton 1966-69, Ist. line servicing. loved every minute, was an Sac rigger, got a trip to Offut air base in Nebraska,[Offutt] was in 7th. crew cheifs seat, but managed a 30 minute "buzz" at the controls in Skippers bang seat over Chicago, fantastic memories for a 24 year old lad. Thankyou Raf bomber command!.
Had planned to visit Little Gransden airshow anyway, but to discover that XH558 was to be there was a huge bonus, having seen XM655 taxiing in May. From its first appearance in plan view in the distance, to the final climb and bank at the end via several fly-pasts showing various profiles, it was a truly awesome sight and sound. What a superb effort by all who support and fly her, and so sad that 2013 might be its last year of flying.
my wife and i started dating in 1993 when the delta lady had her last flight at bruntingthorpe
she was the first thing that we had in common when we met .XH558 has been a part of our lives ever since ,we cannot and will not let her be grounded she was meant to fly and thats what she does best xx
Best of luck for 2013. I flew with Dave Thomas on the display crew 1980. Barry Masefield was one of my star students at RAF Scampton. Ray Hifle AEO
Just wanted to wish 558 a Happy Xmas, I treated myself to some Vulcan goodies, cant wait for those. Thanks to all who have donated, we will see her next year! Happy Xmas Vulcan fans.
My father worked at avro and had a big part in making close to every one. It was a great pleasure to see it fly at Eastbourne air show this year, i just filled my camera up with pictures of the icon of the skys. Pitty my father has pass away, he would have loved it.
keep it in the sky please.
As a small boy living in Hollinwood Oldham only a short distance from the AVROE factory.I cannot remember the year I could have been only six or seven,A Vulcan flew over our heads and over the Chadderton factory as a mark of respect to the men who built this amazing aircraft.A memory I will never forget.
Simply a fabulous aircraft and one that inspired me as a small boy in the seventies. Now having been flying for most of my life 558 still has that power to stir the emotions, quite unlike the Airbus I now fly!
Fantastic work, keep it up!
Just wanted to thank EVERYONE involved for the fantastic job you are are all doing, especially Bob and the Team who sort the store orders out, you dived in there to help me out which is very very very much appreciated. Happy Christmas all xxxxxxx
Worked on 'The Line' from '71 to '74 at RAF Waddington. Great memories of some wonderful people. Hope to see that last flight in 2013.
Happy memories working on line squadron Raf Waddington, would love to hear from lineys and hanger bods to from the 70s Especially Brian Mc Caffery and Roland Gooch.. Please get in touch
Hopefully will get to see XH558 fly again in 2013, my daughter Katelyn is now just old enough to take in and enjoy what an awesome aircraft! My dad waited so long for this to fly but unfortunately died before he could. It is sad to think it may be its last year...but last thing id want is it to fly unsafe or anything happen to it/crew!
It was wonderful to see XH558 at Dunsfold this year, after many years of missing her through last-minute no-flies at airshows. Hope to see her again in 2013.
An awesome aircraft that brought back memories of a much earlier sighting at Finningley when I was... a lot younger! With thanks to Steve for his knowledge after our VIP tour yesterday - well worth the experience of such an iconic aircraft. The book "Vulcan 607" - starting now...
Never thought I would lament the possible non-flying display of the Vulcan.As with steam locomotives,static exhibits are just not the same,you don't get the majestic movement, not to mention the smell! I spent quite a few hours patrolling around Waddington airfield with my trusty German Shepherd,on security duties,around these beauties,although I didn't appreciate it at the time!!
Love this Aircraft, we have on here at Barksdale AFB and the rumor has it to cut it up for s####, please come and get her, she is from the Dam Busters Squadron
Had a V.I.P tour of XH558 on 18.11.2012 it was absolutly brilliant. Cant believe the size of her. Thanks to Terry our tour guide for an amazing insight to things we didnt know about her. Fantastic day. And of course i blubbered my eyes out when i saw her..I wasnt going to do that...much!!!! Fly forever Vicky x
A cold november morning reminds me of the privelidge i enjoyed flying in XH558. It was 1992 and apart from the crew chief, non aircrew staff were not allowed to fly.My excuse was my long vulcan engineering history and the fact i had carried out full escape drills on the escape simulator in 1972! I will miss 558 greatly from the airshow circuit.