The Last Flying Vulcan Is Set To Tour V-Force Air station’s
The Avro Vulcan is an iconic example of British aerospace engineering at its world-beating best, the design brief was issued by the MoD in 1946 and the aircraft flew for the first time on August 30th 1952. The Vulcans impressive list of technical achievements includes being the first successful large delta wing aircraft (leading directly to Concorde), innovations such as electrically-powered flying controls, one of the first applications of anti-lock brakes, and a speed and agility that was so close to a jet fighter’s that it was given a fighter-style control column in place of the traditional bomber pilot’s yoke. The last flying example of Britain’s famous V-Force is due to make a spectacular salute to the heroic airmen and women who helped protect our nation throughout the Cold War.
The flight is to take place on September 25th when the Vulcan XH558 will fly over each of the ten RAF stations where Great Britain’s nuclear deterrent aircraft (the V-Force) were based, tipping her giant delta wings to honour those who were ready to give their lives for their country. Tour will visit RAF Finningley (Now Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield), RAF Scampton, RAF Coningsby, RAF Marham, RAF Honington, RAF Wyton, RAF Gaydon, RAF Wittering, RAF Cottesmore and RAF Waddington. The name V-Force comes from the names of the three aircraft developed to carry Britain’s first nuclear deterrent: Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.
To help people see the Vulcan low over each location, the charity that operates her has established a Cold War Tour webpage containing everything needed, including information on the route, a tracking app for smartphones and links to fascinating period video footage. The hashtag for those who would like to Tweet their support for the heroes of the Cold War is #558ColdWarTour. All profits from the tour will be used to maintain Vulcan XH558 and keep the iconic British plane in the air.