Giveaway Vulcans

By Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight  There follows a brief account of a few months in the last years of the Vulcan’s life on the front-line – little known, barely recorded in full and ever so slightly bizarre. On 8th September 1981, as AOC 1 Group, I had joined the crew of the then […]

2009 – From the Ground – Kevin ‘Taff’ Stone

The race was on again to prepare XH558 for the 2009 airshow season. A host of servicing requirements awaited the attentions of the Trust’s engineering team, complicated by a warning from Rolls-Royce about possible corrosion issues on the engines. This necessitated the removal of No. 4 engine for inspection by Marshalls and Rolls- Royce, so […]

2008 – Back to the Show Circuit

With funds once again depleted XH558 had to sit patiently in her hangar after her all too brief taste of freedom. It was April of 2008 before test flights could restart, as the Trust sought to demonstrate her airworthiness and gain the all-important Permit to Fly from the CAA. XH558 flew to RAF Cottesmore for […]

October 2007 – First Flight

Thursday 18th October 2007 dawned, a perfect day for flying, and destined to be an unforgettable one. Anticipation was keen as the media and invited guests gathered at Bruntingthorpe. No less keenly felt by the VTST team either, as the culmination of all their efforts drew nearer. Colin Marshall, Vulcan Control on the day: “You […]

1993 – 2007 – The Road to Restoration – Part 3

With funds now in place to take XH558 to first flight the team threw themselves back into the final stages of rectification. The aircraft went back on jacks for the completion of Mod 2222, and to speed the work more logistics staff were brought in, housed in a new office built in the hangar. As […]

1993 – 2007 – The Road to Restoration – Part 2

A fresh appeal was launched in March 2004 to reach the Trust’s commitment of 29% of the funding total, required before the HLF would issue a ‘Stage 2 Pass’ and release the grant. Finally, Dr Pleming and Felicity Irwin were able to announce that “this is indeed history in the making. Although we have thought […]

The Vulcan Enters RAF Service

On Saturday 30 August 1952, history was made as Avro Type 698, VX770, took to the sky for the first time. It was the prototype for the Avro Vulcan and the birth of this iconic aircraft. Vulcan VX770 wasn’t the finished article which would eventually enter RAF service. With its pure delta wing, the prototype […]

1993 – 2007 – The Road to Restoration – Part 1

In 1993 XH558 became the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, after a career of 33 years. At around 10am on the 23rd March she took off from RAF Waddington for her final flight with the RAF, and embarked on a tour of old haunts, including St. Athan, BAE Woodford, Coningsby and Scampton. Squadron Leader […]

Britain’s Nuclear Deterrent Development – Part 12

On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union began the Space Age by launching Sputnik 1. It was the world’s first artificial satellite – so called to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Earth’s Moon. The advancement in Soviet technology created a crisis reaction in the US. It’s reported that The New York Times […]

Falklands War 1982: The Argentines Surrender

Header image: RAF Waddington 1982 | Engineers and flight crew with the Vulcan prior to deployment to Ascension Island On 14 June 1982, Argentine ground forces surrendered, signalling the end of the Falklands War and the islands returned back to British control. It was the end of the ten-week conflict, which began on 2 April […]