Vulcan to take to the skies for another year

Vulcan taking off at Robin Hood Airport
Vulcan taking off at Robin Hood Airport

THE legendary Vulcan bomber is set to continue flying from its Doncaster base after completing a fundraising mission.

Supporters of the preserved 1950s jet aircraft have achieved their target of securing £350,000 needed to ensure that the plane will be able to take part in more flying displays next year.

The highlight of the 2012 programme should be joining the historic flypast over Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee in June.

To keep Vulcan XH558 airworthy costs around £2 million a year.

Its next appearance is scheduled to be at this weekend’s Shoreham Air Show in Sussex.

The plane also featured on television last night in a series about Britain’s Hidden Heritage, covering the restoration project which resulted in it returning to a hangar at Robin Hood Airport.