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September Engineering Update

Oct 1, 2008

Yet another busy month with its ups as well as downs.

RAF Leuchars Airshow 2008

Sep 15, 2008

Well what can one say about Leuchars, XH558 arrived on Friday...

XH558 at Southport

Sep 12, 2008

SOUTHPORT WE DID IT - JUST

Aspiring model wind tunnel designers apply here!

Sep 11, 2008

Not quite on the scale of the Large Hadron Collider ? but what me may lack in terms of a budget we can surely compensate for in terms of...

August Engineering Update

Sep 10, 2008

What a completely different month this was compared to the last, a fairly busy time by not many displays.

Message from the Chief Executive, VTST,

Sep 9, 2008

In contrast to the stunning successes of XH558?s airshow appearances in July, August was a month of...

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Vulcan XH558’s first public display after her award-winning return-to-flight restoration, captured here from the rear of her predecessor, the Avro Lancaster. Only 11 years seperates the first flights of these two dramatically different aircraft.

Artist’s impressions of the Aviation Academy.

The story started with the world’s most ambitious and complex technical restoration project, an award-winning aspiration to return one of the world’s most iconic aircraft to the skies. Now, after meeting all the objectives, delighting more than two million people every year and inspiring new generations of young people, Vulcan to the Sky Trust is entering an exciting new phase of the narrative.

When XH558 lands for the last time at the end of a spectacular Farewell to Flight season, eight years after that remarkable return to the skies, it will be to become the centrepiece of a new type of education initiative. The exciting Etna project will build on XH558’s inspirational qualities to encourage the development of the technical and aviation industry skills that Britain so badly needs, continuing XH558’s success as an icon of British achievement.

To deliver the first phase of XH558’s new life, we are working closely with the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) to develop plans for a Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at her home at Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster. The plan is supported by a core group of founding partners which includes Peel Airports Group, Doncaster College and University Centre, Skypeople, Aviation Shake, the Spirit of Goole Youth Build-a-Plane Project, and the Light Aircraft Association Educational Trust. The Academy will focus on six areas of aviation skills: piloting, air traffic controls, airport ground operations, aircraft operations, cabin crew and aviation engineering.

XH558 will be cared for at an adjacent heritage centre from where she will continue to delight visitors of all ages as she does today, with the added excitement of regular fast taxi runs.

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