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Seventy years ago, Britain led the world in aircraft design. The Avro Vulcan is the iconic example from that era of aerospace engineering at its world-beating best. Its impressive list of technical innovations includes being the first successful large delta wing aircraft. The Vulcan delivered performance and agility much closer to a jet fighter’s than a bomber’s.



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Plans for a national V-Force Memorial to be built at The Vulcan Experience

The charity responsible for safeguarding the iconic Vulcan V-bomber, XH558, is planning to build a national memorial to honour the men and women of the Royal Air Force’s V-force squadrons who served the nation during the Cold War. The memorial will take pride of place outside The Vulcan Experience at…

A Statement from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust

John Sharman, chair of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said: “It is with great sadness that the Trustees of The Vulcan to the Sky Trust announce the sudden death of Dr Robert Pleming on February 2. “Robert was a true visionary whose determination to restore Vulcan XH558 to flight…

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Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent Development – Part Two

On 2 August 1939, the US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, received a letter written by Leó Szilárd, a Hungarian-German-American physicist and inventor who conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933 and patented the idea of a non-fission nuclear reactor in…

First Flight of the First Production Vulcan B.1, XA889

On 4 February 1955, the first production Vulcan B.1, XA889, made its maiden flight, flying with the original Vulcan wing design. In September 1955, Avro test pilot, Wing Commander ‘Roly’ Falk flew the second production Vulcan B.1, XA890, at the…

Falklands War 1982 – Operation Black Buck

Operation Black Buck was a series of seven ambitious long-distance bombing missions conducted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Falklands War in 1982. It was the RAF’s most daring attack since Operation Chastise – the Dambusters raid in…

Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent Development – Part Five

The Potsdam Conference was held near Berlin on 17 July 1945, the day after the Trinity test, and was to run until 2 August. The conference was for the ‘Big Three’ heads of state – Joseph Stalin (USSR), Winston Churchill…

First Flight of the Prototype Avro Lancaster, BT308

On 9 January 1941, Avro test pilot, Captain Harry “Sam” Brown, made the first flight of the prototype Lancaster, BT308, at RAF Ringway near Manchester. A development of the twin engine Avro Manchester, the prototype was designed by Roy Chadwick,…

Canberra WK163 achieving the World Altitude Record in August 1957

The success of the Canberra as a research aircraft over the years is a testament to “Teddy” Petter’s original design. It had all the important qualities needed of a test aircraft. It also had an enormous bomb-bay capable of carrying…

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The Vulcan and Canberra have a rich history to explore and learn from. From the V-Force, to high altitude records being broken. Here, we uncover the bits you may not know about your favourite aircraft.

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The story started with the world’s most ambitious and complex technical restoration project, an award-winning aspiration to return one of the world’s most iconic aircraft to the skies, Vulcan XH558. Now, after meeting all the objectives, delighting more than two million people every year and inspiring new generations of young people, Vulcan to the Sky Trust is entering an exciting new phase of the narrative.

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Models, t-shirts, jumpers and more! Our webstore has a huge selection of aircraft memorabilia to choose from, with all proceeds going to help keep Vulcan XH558 and WK163 safe.

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