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Engine Testing

Engine Testing

After extensive tests, XH558's Olympus engines were started up for the first time in August 2007. A further two months of testing on the ground followed, to ensure that XH558 was 100% ready for flight.

All the test flights were performed under Marshall Aerospace’s supervision, planning and approvals, and utilised Marshall’s significant experience in flight testing.”

Return to Flight

Return to Flight

Finally, 14 years after its last flight & with over £7 million spent, Vulcan XH558 roared into the air again on Thursday 18th October 2007, a perfect day for flying.

An unforgettable day for the Vulcan to the Sky and Marshall Aerospace teams.

A great British project, owing its success to optimism, determination, teamwork and a little bit of paranoia!

Return to Flight

Return to Flight

Some press cuttings from the following day.

RAF Waddington Airshow

RAF Waddington Airshow

XH558 was finally granted her Permit to Fly on 3rd July 2008, and returned to air displays two days later at a packed RAF Waddington Airshow, her former home. Here she is on that day, in formation with Roy Chadwick’s other famous creation, the Avro Lancaster. There was not a dry eye on the airfield!

A more comprehensive presentation of this information is available as a PDF.

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