After extensive tests, XH558's Olympus engines were started up for the first time in August 2007. A further two months of testing on the ground followed, to ensure that XH558 was 100% ready for flight.
All the test flights were performed under Marshall Aerospaces supervision, planning and approvals, and utilised Marshalls significant experience in flight testing.
Finally, 14 years after its last flight & with over £7 million spent, Vulcan XH558 roared into the air again on Thursday 18th October 2007, a perfect day for flying.
An unforgettable day for the Vulcan to the Sky and Marshall Aerospace teams.
A great British project, owing its success to optimism, determination, teamwork and a little bit of paranoia!
Some press cuttings from the following day.
XH558 was finally granted her Permit to Fly on 3rd July 2008, and returned to air displays two days later at a packed RAF Waddington Airshow, her former home. Here she is on that day, in formation with Roy Chadwick’s other famous creation, the Avro Lancaster. There was not a dry eye on the airfield!
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