Doncaster based Vulcan could fly two more years

The Vulcan Bomber in action.
The Vulcan Bomber in action.

The last flying Vulcan bomber looks set to remain in the air for at least another two years, its owners have announced.

The Vulcan, based at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, is to have engineering work carried out to its body which will help to keep it airworthy until the end of 2015, says the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

It had been feared that the aircraft, which was based at RAF Finningley in the 1960s during the Cold War, might have to stop flying at the end of this year.

But following research by the charity that operates the aircraft, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust engineering team now believes they can solve the series of complex technical challenges that could have grounded her.

“If everything goes to plan, we should be able to release sufficient additional flying hours for XH558 to complete full display seasons in both 2014 and 2015, in addition to this year’s spectacular season which is just about to start,” said trust boss, Robert Pleming. “There are still many gateways to pass through, but we are sufficiently confident to begin the vital fundraising that will make this exciting extension to XH558’s flying life possible.”