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XH558 is rolled out in 2006

by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

Images from the day

XH558 met her public this day in 2006


On 31st August 2006, in a significant milestone for the restoration project, XH558 was rolled out of the hangar for the first time in 7 years.

In front of an admiring crowd of several hundred supporters, the hangar doors opened just before 2pm, and the Vulcan slowly emerged from a cloud of simulated smoke.

As she drew to a halt, the sound of four Rolls-Royce Merlin engines heralded the arrival of the BBMF Lancaster, making several emotional flypasts in salute.

All ground-based images courtesy of Charles Toop.

Great excitement as XH558 appears in public from the dramatic smoke-filled hangar as part of the roll out ceremony.

The BBMF Lancaster overflies the gathering in salute to her Avro 'sister'.

The team involved in the restoration line up to soak up the crowd's applause. 

Sir Michael Knight addresses the audience with some breaking news. 

Trust Chairman Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight thanked all those who had made the occasion possible, and announced that for the staff, while this was their last day of work, it was also to be their first!  

He had the great pleasure in announcing that British philanthropist, Sir Jack Hayward, had kindly made a very significant donation of £500,000, topping up those made by many more thousands of people to ensure that the return to flight project could continue.

A tribute also came from the office of the Prince of Wales, conveying Charles’s warmest good wishes:His Royal Highness has fond recollections of his flight in Vulcan XL392 at RAF Waddington, and was thrilled to hear that XH558 is to be rolled out of its hangar.”

More images taken of the event from the Lancaster. Images courtesy of Steve Buckby - MOD/Crown Copyright 

Taken from the rear gun-turret of the Lancaster - what was to become quite an iconic image.

Keep updated with the next chapter in the XH558 story - with news expected soon on a new hangar development.  
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