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Engineering / Re: Positive news re hangar funding in the latest e-mail!
« on: December 07, 2018, 05:23:54 PM »
This is in today's newsletter.
Update on funding and hangar negotiations
The restoration of XH558 to flight owed its success to many things, but one characteristic stands out: the sheer perseverance and determination of the team.
Our small team continues to display this characteristic in the current slow but positive progress towards the new hangar. The Trust understands it is frustrating for supporters who are waiting for news. Just as soon as we have completed the formalities that will ‘start the clock’ on ground works; we will tell you here in these newsletters.
XH558 remains in excellent condition as can be confirmed from the regular maintenance tasks that our team at Doncaster carry out. Your continuing support and interest in XH558 and the work of the Trust is very much appreciated.

Our plans for the new hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will ensure that we can showcase XH558 and her story as part of the history of Bomber Command’s V-Force in the Cold War, together with a series of exhibits and activities aimed at inspiring youngsters in aviation, engineering and technology.

Once we are settled and XH558 is fully protected once again, with full public access, we will turn our attention to the processes and funding model that will be needed for the restoration of Canberra WK163 to full working order.
The hangar will be a unique facility of which we will all be most proud. So yes, the journey continues to be long and arduous, but we have the determination to get there!

Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:41:32 PM »
Watched and photographed the RAF 100 Flypast Practice at RAF Cranwell on Tuesday afternoon.

Link to my photos.  RAF100 Logo taken from Internet.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: April 20, 2018, 04:37:41 PM »
The XH558 Engine Ground-Run Experience -
Bookings now being taken for Saturday 12th May - 9am start and 1pm start.
You could be enjoying close-access to XH558 and hear the famous Vulcan 'howl' at close-quarters with our first public ground engine-run of 2018.
Arrive at the Ramada Hotel on the edge of Doncaster Sheffield Airport to your Welcome Meeting with refreshments and drinks provided.
Take in your briefing, then depart through security (Valid photo I.D. required) to board a coach that will take you to the engine ground-running bay.
See the ground crew prepare the aircraft for power-on.
Witness the aircraft come to life, with all Olympus engines started and control surfaces exercised.
See the operation of the bomb-bay doors and air-brakes.
Hear application of full-power to selected engines and the famous Vulcan 'howl'.
Shutdown and then close under-wing inspections complete the airside visit before returning to the coach.
9am arrival - only 30 places available - Adults @ £100 per head
1pm arrival - only 30 places available - Adults @ £100 per head
Limited 16-17 year-old places available at £75 per head while stocks last

This is in Today's newsletter.

Rest of it at

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: April 13, 2018, 05:08:48 PM »
Seen in today's Newsletter.
Last Sunday, Taff and our team of volunteer groundcrew brought XH558’s systems back to life in the final phase of winter maintenance ahead of completing full engine ground-running checks. All was reported to be well, including the recently serviced AAPP reported on last week. The day acted as a refresher course, ready for the groundcrew and tour guide volunteers to begin public access tours with XH558 from next month.
Look out for news on the first public engine ground-run date, with full booking details in a newsletter very soon.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: April 02, 2018, 06:35:37 PM »
At the moment it's not even a rich persons a/c, just the play thing of a select few (my opinion).
True Pam.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:39:54 PM »
558 will only be able to do ground engine runs and not fast taxi runs as they have no qualified pilots.
Pity they got rid of the professional ground crew.
I will not be able to see or hear the aircraft as I cannot afford to get there.
It is now a rich persons aircraft. (my opinion)

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:51:04 AM »
I'm looking forward to working with the development team on the new hangar #excitingtimes
Sorry if my reply is wrong, but I'll wait until I read about it from someone official.

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:42:50 PM »
Thank you Methley.
I hadn't seen these images before.
I like the look of this hangar.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:56:41 AM »
It is Squadron Leader Peter Thomas's birthday today.  He is 92.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: February 20, 2018, 10:51:23 PM »

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:29:13 AM »
This from the newsletter.
"Now that planning permission has been secured, exciting but challenging developments are ahead as we raise the financial backing for the hangar development, but as ever, with the support of an enthusiastic volunteer and supporter base, we remain most positive. We are presently planning 2018 and beyond in the expectation of a very bright future for aviation heritage and engineering inspiration."

Link to newspaper article.

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