September 1986 – XH558’s First Finningley Airshow Display

35 years ago, on 20 September 1986, Vulcan XH558 performed her first display at her former base – RAF Finningley. However, performing as the display aircraft for the RAF was a role that very nearly didn’t happen, with XH558 almost ending up on the fire dump.  Air-to-Air refuelling tanker  During early 1982, Vulcan XH558 was in…

Exercise Golden Eagle

50 years ago, on 27 July 1971, during his Royal Air Force training to become a jet pilot, HRH Prince Charles was introduced to the Vulcan. The pilot training for The Prince of Wales was codenamed ‘Golden Eagle’.  Flt Lt Graham Heath, who was Nav Radar on the flight with the prince, shared the experience with VTST after attending an event held beneath the shadow of Vulcan…

It started with a wink

It was a bright, sunny day at the Wroughton Airshow, the day Dr Robert Pleming first laid eyes on Vulcan XH558 in the late 1980s. Robert saw XH558’s airshow displays with the RAF Vulcan Display Flight (VDF) for many years. On 19 September 1992 he was back at the Wroughton…

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