It has been confirmed one of the world’s most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, will make its final ever appearance in the North West at this weekend’s Blackpool Air Show.
The final remaining Vulcan is in her last flying season before being retired after a remarkable career which saw the plane play a key role both during the conflict in the Falklands and during the Cold War.
And to celebrate the crew, led by Martin Withers who captained Vulcan XM607 on the famous Black Buck mission during the Falklands conflict, have launched a dramatic new display routine.
Returned to the skies in 2007 following what is now believed to be the most ambitious technical restoration programme ever undertaken, Vulcan XH558 is operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST).
The charity has been raising more than £2mn each year to service and operate the aircraft.
VTST chief executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “If you don’t see her this season, there will be no more opportunities to hear a Vulcan’s spine-tingling howl as she climbs high into the sky for another dramatic display, or to see her rolling onto her side to reveal her giant delta silhouette.
“It is highly gratifying that the aircraft is making a return appearance to the Blackpool Air Show, where she has attracted huge crowds and been given an incredible welcome in her previous visits.
“It is very sad that this will be the last time she performs her spectacular display with the stunning backdrop of Blackpool Tower and over the Irish Sea.”
VTST is running a free prize draw in which entrants can win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on the tarmac and attend the aircrew briefing on a day when the Vulcan takes off from Robin Hood Airport.
The prize will also include dinner with the crew on the night before the flight.
You can enter by logging onto vulcanfreedraw.co.uk
Performing alongside the Vulcan is the world famous RAF Red Arrows – who recently opened their exciting new ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – the incredible Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a group of daredevil wing walkers and the Red Devils, the army’s parachute regiment display team.
Organisers are promising the Best of British aviation and are hoping for fair weather to allow the flying machines to showcase their skills to their maximum ability.
Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We’re very excited about the air show and I know many people are looking forward to seeing the Vulcan in action one last time.
“We’ve got a brilliant line-up so now all we need is fantastic weather and for everyone to come along and enjoy themselves.”
There are also displays from two local military giants – the BAE Warton built-Eurofighter Typhoon and a fully restored, Wesham-based “Huey” helicopter.
Sunday 9 August running order – from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Breitling Wing Walkers
Monday 10 August running order – from 1.30pm to 4pm
Breitling Wing Walkers
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