Iconic Vulcan bomber set to take flight again from Doncaster

The Vulcan XH558 in action. Picture: John Dibbs
The Vulcan XH558 in action. Picture: John Dibbs

The world’s last remaining flying Vulcan bomber is set for take off this weekend for its summer season of air shows and flypasts.

Vulcan XH558, which is stationed at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport, will take to the skies on Sunday for its first display of 2014 with a double date to kick off the new season.

It will appear at both Welshpool and RAF Cosford on Sunday and its return to the skies follows a test flight on Monday - the first time the iconic aircraft has been airborne since a winter overhaul.

A spokesman for Vulcan To The Sky, the organisation which maintains the plane, said: “Thanks to the amazing work of our engineering team, of our technical partners and of course the amazing support of everyone who donated so generously to make the winter’s activities possible, XH558 is once again the world’s only flying Vulcan.

“Thank you everyone who made this remarkable achievement possible.”

The Vulcan is to appear at Weston Air Festival on Sunday, June 22; Scarborough Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 28; Goodwood Festival of Speed on Saturday 28 June; Old Warden, Bedfordshire, on Sunday, June 29; RAF Waddington on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6; RNAS Yeovilton on Saturday, July 26; Newcastle, Northern Ireland on Saturday, August 9; Blackpool on Sunday, August 10; Dunsfold Wings and Wheels on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24 and Ayr on Saturday, September 6.