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Aviation Waffle / Re: Wellesbourne and XM655
« on: July 02, 2018, 09:16:06 PM »
Bruntingthorpe ^-^

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: March 08, 2018, 11:11:37 PM »
Ooh great do you know when work starts?

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:08:17 PM »
Please Mr Edmonson & Mr Pleming, eat a bit of humble pie and do something to get her away from there before it's too late.

Unfortunately I doubt they read this forum (they would rather burry there heads in the sand than know what the real feeling is) it seems there only in it for the money, we are nobodies they wont listern to us  >:(

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:29:00 PM »
Where are our taxi runs we were promised, what a waste, roll on Bruntingthorpe, they've had nowt out of me since 2015 and nowt till we get something in return.  >:( rant over.

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: December 22, 2017, 10:36:17 PM »
the trust are only interested in money. pitty they don't read there forum to see the supporters concerns are, it might be worth a few more quid for them  >:(

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Comments on the new hangar plans!
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:33:57 PM »
the plans show the swift to be living outside the new hangar  :o  had lots of begging emails this last week,

hope the whole thing works out for the aircrafts sake

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:53:02 PM »
and that poor old restored starter van out on the weather too  :'(

Aviation Waffle / Re: Spotted
« on: October 21, 2017, 08:57:24 PM »
not spotted but heard a Vulcan howl today :) unfortunately no taxi run like we were promised  >:(

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Funding the new hangar - how?
« on: October 13, 2017, 11:03:13 PM »
 ::) :))

Ways To Raise Funding / Re: Funding the new hangar - how?
« on: September 24, 2017, 09:18:02 PM »
i'm wondering how long the lease is on the piece of land,

what a disaster thought i'd be enjoying fast taxi runs every few months by now  >:(

what a load of b.s. we were promised.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( :'(

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:13:37 PM »
Or a piece of scrap Vulcan for a price.

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:41:59 PM »
Latest Newsletter 'more money please'


or read below




Your unique opportunity to have your chosen name commemorated






Help mark that occasion nearly 10 years ago when Vulcan XH558 once again returned to the skies.



It was a day that many thought they would never-ever see. After years of uncertainty, advances and set-backs, but through the determination of a small team supported by thousands of willing donors and the vital assistance of technical partners, Vulcan XH558 took to the skies again, 
14½ years after her last flight in RAF service.

To this day, it is perhaps the most complex and demanding aircraft restoration ever completed – anywhere in the world.

Although sadly no longer able to fly, the project set the benchmark for future restorations. We are determined to celebrate the achievement, as we aim to secure not only XH558’s future, but also the prospect of other heritage aviation projects in the new hangar that will give the aviation community and wider general public access to aircraft like never before - with the exciting vision of a restoration and operating facility that will keep other heritage aircraft not only on display, but airborne and at air displays in the years to come.

Once XH558 is settled in her new home, the Trust will turn its attention to the restoration of Canberra WK163; we are already considering the operation of other loaned aircraft on the display circuit next year.



From now until October 1st we are offering supporters and

members of the public a unique opportunity – to have their name on

the very wing that lifted XH558 back into the air.


For a £30 donation you will be honoured with a name on XH558’s Wing, together with a named certificate confirming this, which makes it ideal not only as a collectable keepsake, but as a gift to a relative or friend.

From next week, we will post out certificates with your chosen name as a receipt for your donation.



(Picture © John Dibbs)



You might also like to dedicate a name in memory to a lost loved one, or a past member of the family who served in the V-Force or other services. Perhaps a family member was employed by Avro or there is another connection with XH558 over her lifetime?

We have allocated two areas of grey on the wing, upon which we will apply small silver letters to the plaques, recognising the ‘Tin’ anniversary of 10 years since that day.

Only visible upon close viewing, these will not detract from the aesthetic appearance of the aircraft and will remain in place for her lifetime, being replaced if the surfaces are painted in future. Your name could be discreetly marked on the underside of XH558’s Wing, here seen clearly when on a photoshoot in 2015 over The Solent.






The plaques will be printed and fitted to XH558 in time for the unveiling on the 10th Anniversary
18th October with a copy of all names also available online on that date.





This commemorative opportunity was not available during XH558’s flying life, since MoD and CAA regulations on ex-military markings meant we had to keep her external appearance in as near to original RAF markings as possible. The only dispensation to this came in 2010, when on the occasion of her 50th birthday, she was christened
‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ as a mark of respect to all those that willed her back to flight; in recognition of the remarkable place she holds in historic aviation and the excellence of British aeronautical design and engineering.

Your support for this plaque will enable us to continue working to secure the new home for XH558 and a brighter future for heritage aircraft preservation, restoration and operation.

A test plaque with sample names fitted to the aircraft last month to give you a visual idea of how your names will appear.






This opportunity closes at midnight on Sunday October 1st, to allow time for coordination of artwork, printing and installation in time.





Celebrate the achievement!
Join the party by leaving your chosen name as a supporter of XH558.



Can you add Gift Aid? Telling us that we can claim Gift Aid on your donation makes £30 worth £37.50 and does not cost you any extra. If you are a U.K, Tax Payer, we can claim this back on your behalf. Just indicate if we can claim this when making your donation by using the appropriate choice in the listing. Thank you.


Do please share this email with family and friends, or share this story now with your social media followers. Click the share buttons to the right.




Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: August 02, 2017, 09:38:27 PM »
I aint donated since about 6 months after she stopped flying, and wont donate until I get something in return like a taxy run  >:( ???

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:00:17 PM »
I wonder if the management will ever admit it might have been a better idea to retire her back to brunty  ::)

Engineering / Re: So that's it then?
« on: July 28, 2017, 08:52:44 PM »
 Here's the latest newsletter, she's been kicked out.


Storage arrangements settled while XH558’s New Hangar build project moves forward


Thanks to helpful support from airport management and various 3rd parties, the Trust has now arranged medium-term exterior storage for Vulcan XH558 and Canberra WK163.



XH558 will shortly be outside with canopy, intake, exhaust and tyre covers fitted. Library image by Jamie Ewan


Over the coming weekend, arrangements will be completed to have the aircraft safely stored in a quiet corner of the airfield surrounded by the containers and covers that will protect their ancillary and ground support equipment. All other non-essential items are in storage elsewhere on the airfield or in the warehouse facility attached to our webstore.


Supermarine Swift WK275 on loan to us by the owner as an exhibit has returned under cover to Hangar 3 with the kind support of 2Excel Aviation. Having already had several months of free storage courtesy of the airport, we must state that they continue to be very supportive and have tasked several people to help ensure the transition outdoors goes as smoothly as possible. We thank them most sincerely for their ongoing assistance.

Commenting on the move for the Trust, Robert Pleming stated; “With contractors arriving to start development work on the Cargo handling facilities at Hangar 1 next week, we need to vacate to an exterior storage area that has been prepared over the last few months. We have taken every precaution to safeguard all of the Trust assets during this period while we work towards building the new hangar.

These aircraft were designed to spend most of their operational lives outside, with time spent in a hangar kept to a minimum. We are happy that with the arrangements in place, the projected timescale for completion of the New Hangar and the plan for scheduled periodic ground running of XH558 during the next few months, we will not see any significant deterioration in her current excellent condition.“

Taff Stone, XH558’s crew chief and long serving chief engineer also added: “I’m perfectly happy we can keep XH558 protected in an outdoor environment until such time as she can move into the new hangar. Her non-standard issue gloss paintwork helps! Exploratory work undertaken on Canberra WK163 that exposed bare metal has also been suitably primed and protected, so she is fine too. Having XH558 outside over the coming months is actually easier for our ground handling, since we have several engine runs planned.”


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