Vulcan suffers a £100k shortfall

The Vulcan leaves Robin Hood Airport for it's first official flight. Picture: Liz Mockler D8887LM
The Vulcan leaves Robin Hood Airport for it's first official flight. Picture: Liz Mockler D8887LM

Doncaster’s Vulcan bomber is facing another £100,000 cash crisis as bosses revealed they want the iconic aircraft to fly over London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The XH558 plane, which costs £2 million every year to keep airborne, was left grounded during its busiest period of the year due to technical problems and bad weather.

It failed to appear at ten major events recently, leaving bosses from the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, the owners of the aircraft, with an unexpected hole in their finances.

The loss of revenue means they have been forced to bring forward a number of winter fundraising initiatives to raise cash.

Michael Trotter, business development director of the trust, said: “If we don’t raise sufficient money to meet our overheads then we have serious problems.

“But we have a raft of initiatives to raise the money we need.

“Our track record in raising money to carry on is 100 per cent - I hope that will continue.”

It is hoped the plane will return to the air for a special Battle of Britain commemorative event held at Robin Hood Airport today.

And the coffers are set to be boosted by the opening of the aircraft’s new public viewing hangar at the Vulcan’s former RAF Finningley base next week.

Visitors can get up close to the bomber and watch engineers preparing for flights.

Mr Trotter revealed the trust has held advanced talks with aviation chiefs about the Vulcan taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

A host of events are planned to acknowledge the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s ascension to the throne.

And the trust hopes the bomber, which also turns 60 next year, will be given the green safety light by the Civil Aviation Authority to join other vintage aircraft in a special flyover event past Buckingham Palace.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, and the Vulcan’s own landmark, trust bosses have launched their ‘Salute to Her Majesty’ tribute.

Buckingham Palace officials have agreed every Vulcan appearance during 2012 can be announced as a Diamond Jubilee celebration and the aircraft will carry a specially-commissioned book of good wishes from the public.

The book, which costs up to £10 to enter, will be handed over to the Queen.

* For more details about the Vulcan’s fundraising events visit www.vulcantothesky.org