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Trust Newsletter archive / Trust newsletter. Sign-up or read past editions.
« on: February 04, 2013, 04:35:58 PM »
The Trust issues regular news updates each Tuesday and Friday in an electronic newsletter that is delivered directly to any nominated email account.

It's FREE and easy to sign-up for by filling in a few details on this page:

Below will be a series of online links that will populate editions one week after their original issue, acting as a archive for any missed.

You can control or alter your settings, or view a wider ranging archive from that sign-up page at any time in the future. The newsletter page is available off the link half-way down the home page.

We hope you enjoy the content which includes funding, maintenance and historical features relating to XH558 and Vulcan aircraft in general.

Web Site Announcements / Avro Vulcan 60th Anniversary Book
« on: November 23, 2012, 04:23:54 PM »
We are pleased to announce that the final production version of our Avro Vulcan 60th Anniversary Book is planned to be sent to the printers next week and we are expecting supplies in for Monday 10th December – just in time for your receipt and reading over Christmas!


With a foreword by Eric Verdon-Roe, the Great Grandson of the founder, the book starts with a brief history of the man and his company, with focus on the individuals that made it one of the leading aircraft manufacturers of the 20th Century. Filled with some rare historic photographs from the design stages of the baby 707’s to the production aircraft, the book also features a section dedicated to every single Vulcan aircraft ever made.

Other sections recount stories from the crews who flew them with anecdotes from all around the world, wherever Vulcan aircraft visited. The book also details the first and the last made, with extensive sections on VX770 and the sole remaining airworthy example - Vulcan XH558.

With over 130 large format pages, it's sure to be on everyone’s Christmas List!

See details here for page reviews and ordering: ... rsary.html

Photography by Lewis Steeper.

XH558 now back in the hangar undergoing investigation work by the engineering team at Doncaster.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Looking down engine number 2 jet exhaust tube.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Ray inspecting the number 1 jet exhaust tube.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

The two damaged engines still on the airframe.

XH558: 30/05/12 - Engine Investigation by XH558 Photography, on Flickr

Web Site Announcements / Engine Damage Update
« on: May 30, 2012, 04:59:18 PM »
Engine Damage Update - issued Wednesday 30th May - 5pm

The technical team spent yesterday (Tuesday) investigating the engine damage on XH558, to determine its cause and to start assessing the timescale and cost of rectification.

We have already established that both engines No.1 and No.2 on the port side are sadly beyond repair, both having suffered blade damage and the effect of excessive heat.

The primary cause of the damage has been determined to be ingestion of silica gel desiccant bags. The most likely sequence of events was that material was ingested by No.1 engine, which surged and suffered LP compressor blade failure. Debris was then sucked into No. 2 which then also failed.

All relevant agencies and technical authorities have been informed. “We have been greatly reassured by the support from industry colleagues, and would like to thank all those who have offered help,” said engineering director Andrew Edmondson.

We would also like to place on record our thanks to all at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield for their swift and professional reaction on Monday, whilst also apologising to those affected by delays or diversions.

In accordance with normal procedures, a formal investigation into the incident has been opened, chaired by the Chairman of the Trust’s Safety Review Committee.

The technical inspection has so far showed that no airframe damage was sustained, with damage being limited to the engines. The next step is to replace the damaged engines with two from the Trust’s remaining stock. Timescales for a return to flight are not yet clear – we will of course update the web site with progress and give details in the e-newsletters each week.

“We are deeply sorry that this incident has happened, and at this time in 2012. The additional unplanned costs are clearly very worrying as resources are, as ever very tight” said the charity’s chief executive, Dr. Robert Pleming. “We are actively working on a plan to recover our Jubilee season schedule and we will share this with you as soon as practical via the newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter feed and the web site.”

With many thanks to all for continuing to support Vulcan XH558.

The Vulcan Team

Web Site Announcements / £300,000 Funding Appeal launches
« on: February 03, 2012, 06:01:34 PM »
With a checkpoint due late in February, March and April, with a final deadline of 31st May, the Trust newsletter today reveals the launch of an appeal to attain
£300,000 in funding in order to reach the 2012 display season.

See the full article here:

Please do check our homepage daily and thank you for any help you can give.

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / 'A Salute to Her Majesty'
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:01:55 PM »
Celebrating 60 Glorious Years of two British icons.

Await content here.....

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Displays and Events
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:00:01 PM »
Doncaster Deaf School - 25/03/12 - Photography By Lewis Steeper

A great day in connection with aerobility, the hearing impaired children and adults came for a tour of Directions, Hangar 3, a Tour of XH558 and then they were all treated to a 20 minute flight in a small prop aircraft. The weather was fantastic and a great day was had by all - nothing beats the feeling of seeing a child smile after they landed!

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Updates from Robin Hood
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:59:09 PM »
Maintenance photo's from 20/12/11.

XH558 Photo and Video Channel / Official XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: January 27, 2012, 02:30:33 PM »
Please await updates here when a new video is posted to our official YouTube channel. You can also subscribe and select to be notified directly.

See the existing content here and do bookmark for easier viewing in future." onclick=";return false;

Thank you.

Web Site Announcements / Launch of Vulcan XH558 YouTube Channel
« on: January 20, 2012, 11:03:37 PM »
We are pleased to announce the launch of Vulcan XH558's own channel on YouTube.

This will give you great 'behind the scenes' insights in to what it takes to maintain and operate the sole remaining airworthy example of the Avro Vulcan. One of the most complex aircraft restored in private hands, it is maintained by a registered charity to educate and inspire todays' generations in engineering, science and aviation.

Find out more here, and please do subscribe to keep updated with additions as they are uploaded.

Thank you.

Ways To Raise Funding / Grand Christmas Auction
« on: December 07, 2011, 01:30:54 PM »
Plenty of lots forming up now in our Grand Christmas Auction.
All proceeds will help towards getting XH558 ready for 2012. ... ksid=p3686" onclick=";return false;

Vulcanitus Health warning: Bid freely, but responsibly.

Web Site Announcements / New 'Salute' web pages
« on: October 06, 2011, 10:23:10 AM »
At the time of the London press conference, we launched new web pages designed for taking details for 'A Salute to Her Majesty''
See here:

You can now easily dedicate in your own name, someone elses name, (as a gift or in memoriam), leave a message and then check-out using Roman Cart to process your debit or credit card.

Please support this 'once in a lifetime' tribute to celebrate the Diamond Jubilees of Her Majesty and the Vulcan aircraft.

If you wish to send in a cheque, you can print off and complete the form here: ... a4web2.pdf

Web Site Announcements / XH558's Friends Scheme
« on: September 16, 2011, 06:25:37 PM »
We announce news today on how you can be more involved with XH558, getting closer to the aircraft and her crew with events designed especially for you, whilst also giving you priority notice of other 'ticketed' functions to help with funding. This is all possible because we finally have a permanent home for XH558.

Rewards will recognise the generosity from previous donors and all those who support us with donations from today. *

We will be using the power of our database systems and adding features to make it easier for people to make contributions, like accepting direct debits.

There will be three levels in our Friends scheme that will help increase the 'Butterfly Effect' we have mentioned before, allowing us to expand our educational activities and broaden the attractions available in our hangar tour we are calling 'The Vulcan Experience.'

Level 1: Friend: - £5.58 per month or cumulative donations of £60 or more in any one year.

Level 2: Gold Friend: - £18 per month or cumulative donations of £200 or more in any one year.

Level 3: Vulcan Guardian: - £55.80 per month or over £650 in any one year.

The above will incorporate some of the following exclusive benefits at various levels:

-Dedicated Friends badge and car sticker.
-Name on a yearly FRIENDS OF XH558 plaque to be added to the aircraft at the start of each season.
-Name on a listing within the hangar.
-Priority invites to quarterly 'behind the scenes' gatherings.
-Priority notice of organised events.
-Discounts on hangar tours and other ticketed events.
-Entry into our Flying Fund Draw to win a monthly cash prize.
-Automatic inclusion in our weekly email newsletters.
-Offers on special merchandise.
-Access for guests and selected other incentives to be confirmed.
-Opportunities to meet key personnel.

Full details of the benefits available with each level will be given on a special Friends of XH558 Page to be published on our Web Site and detailed in a postal mailing coming out next month. So, as this takes shape between now and the end of the year, you will be the first to know through this newsletter.

How it will work.
The three levels available have been tailored around the typical amounts different types of supporter tend to give each year and if these levels continue, your membership will be renewed each year with all the corresponding benefits. Between now and 'going live' in January, we will be looking at all those who qualify in the four years since first flight. All those that do, even if it was back in 2007, will be eligible. It will be a way of encouraging fresh support and will possibly re-engage those who might have lost touch with us.

*Please note: The Friends Scheme is based around cumulative annual or monthly pure 'monetary' donations and is not linked to any other promotion that might be offered from time to time.

Web Site Announcements / Open Evening - Doncaster Volunteers
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:50:48 PM »
Dear all,

Ahead of an announcement in tomorrow's newsletter, here is advanced notice of an open evening next Wednesday.
An email has been sent to all those who have expressed interest previously.

If you live locally, here is your chance to become involved with the project. Call the office soon, as spaces are filling fast.


Dear Supporters,

We would like to thank everyone who has expressed interest in finding out more details with regard to volunteer positions at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster Sheffield. (RHADS), in support of expansion plans based around supporting the future of Avro Vulcan XH558.

The response has been fantastic and we have had far too many applications of interest to write individually.

We would like to invite you to an open evening, where we will explain a little more about our future and generally like to meet you all, so we can start a selection process in order to build up a rota of coverage for our potential 7 day opening.

Location:  The Hogarth Suite, The Crown Hotel, Market Place, Bawtry. Doncaster DN10 6JW  (3 miles from airport)

Date:  Wednesday 15th June

Time:  5.30pm for a 6pm start, closing by around 8pm.

Light refreshments will be available mid session.
(Sandwiches, Tea/Coffee/Juices)

Places are limited to the first 100 people.
If you can attend, please call 0845 5046 558 to reserve your place.

Bookings will close at 5pm on Monday 13th June or when places are full.

If you are unable to attend, then please do not worry. We have recorded all details of those who have expressed interest and will be making contact over the coming months to gradually build up the pool of willing volunteers.

There will be opportunity in a few months time for another evening when we will give a greater period of notice on our Web Site, Newsletters and via direct email to all those who have contacted us.

Kind regards,
The Vulcan team.

Web Site Announcements / Doncaster Vision
« on: May 27, 2011, 11:48:15 AM »
The following is a detailed report on future possibilities at our new hangar home at Robin Hood Airport.

Found under 'latest news' and will be featured in our e-newsletter later today. ... ision.html

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