Massive Cold War Era Jet Displayed Over Former Base At RAF
After a 15 year silence, the roar of four Bristol Olympus 301
turbojets resounded over the normally quiet English
countryside as the last flying Avro Vulcan bomber returned to the
skies for public display for the first time since retired in
As reported by the BBC, the distinctive delta wing of the Cold
War era bomber was clearly evident as the aircraft flew in a five
minute display at the RAF Waddington International Air Show in
Lincolnshire on Saturday.
About 125,000 people witnessed the Vulcan's milestone flight
which was allowed after the Civil Aviation Authority gave
permission for the plane to fly from its base in Bruntingthorpe in
Leicestershire on Friday.
The Vulcan was restored over a 15-year period in Bruntingthorpe
by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, at a cost of over £7m. A
total of £2.7m in additional funding also came from the
Heritage Lottery Fund. Over 20,000 people contributed to the
restoration fund for the bomber.
As reported by ANN, the aircraft took its
first post-restoration flight on October 19, 2007 and the aircraft
passed its first inspection earlier this year for civilian flight
operations. Delays and cost overruns worried many if the aircraft
would be ready in time for the first public display, but the team
and the aircraft pulled through at the last minute to allow the
bomber to fly over RAF Waddington, its former base while in
As well as the RAF Waddington show, the Vulcan has been given
the go ahead to take part in the Royal International Air Tattoo in
Fairford, Gloucestershire, and the Farnborough International
Airshow in Hampshire.
"I feel so proud” said Dr. Robert Pleming, from the Vulcan
to the Sky Trust. “Of course this is a massive team effort,
not only my own relatively small team but all the companies around
the UK and the tens of thousands of the public who have supported
Designed in 1948, the Vulcan could travel at speeds of up to 645
mph and was capable of carrying nuclear bombs.
A total of 134 Vulcans were built and the plane also saw action
during the Falklands conflict.