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Vulcan doubtful for Waddington International Air Show after engine fault

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: June 07, 2012

Disappointment: The last flying Vulcan is unlikely to take to the skies at the Waddington Air Show

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The last flying Vulcan bomber is unlikely to make an appearance at the Waddington International Air Show after a double engine fault.

The aircraft was about to take off to practise its routine for the show when one engine started expelling smoke and other materials.

The second engine was then affected and the aircraft was immediately grounded, leading to fears for its appearance at the show.

And now the organisation which restored the bomber admits it is highly unlikely it will be repaired in time for the event, which takes place on June 30 and July 1.

Richard Gotch, spokesperson for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, said: "At the moment we are still investigating the extent of the work that will be needed to get her back into the air.

"It would be wrong for us to suggest she will fly at Waddington when the probability is she won't be there.

"Waddington air show is important to us and our people will be working overtime to try and get her back in the air as soon as possible but at the moment it is looking likely she won't be at Waddington."

Work is underway to replace the damaged engines but it could take a long time to get the Vulcan airborne.

"We have got two spare engines which we are going to install but there will need to be lots of tests done on them to ensure the aircraft's safety as they have been in storage for a long time.

"We understand how important the last flying Vulcan is to many people attending the show and we would like to offer our apologies for the likelihood that she won't fly," said Mr Gotch.

Show bosses have spoken of their disappointment at the news but encourage visitors to experience the large amount of activities.

Paul Sall, director of Waddington International Air Show said: "It will be a huge disappointment if the Vulcan is unable to come to the show.

"Waddington is the spiritual home to the Vulcan and we are terribly disappointed.

"There are lots of other things to see both in the air and on the ground and it is probably the best show we have had for a long time.

"At the moment we are looking at what else we could do but we have got aircraft flying from places such as Italy and Australia so there are plenty of other attractions to see," said Mr Sall.

The Waddington International Air Show takes place on June 30 and July 1 and will feature the UK debut of the South Korean Black Eagles display team amongst other international display teams.

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  • RealworldNot  |  June 16 2012, 4:54PM

    is that steve who just won tickets to the air show??,the bomber is classic and only one left which makes it very rare,me for one want to see it fly having missed the chance last time,what your looking at is history would you say that about the spitfire !!! Adrian1208

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  June 11 2012, 10:27PM

    Adrian1208 - What has it cost you so far? How would your life be better if it were scrapped? What current RAF aircraft is capable of carrying several bombs over 8,000 miles? So what 'better aircraft came along'? The Vulcan is hugely expensive, but paid for by private funding. The Lancaster is hugely expensive but paid for by all of us. Each is pretty much famous for one raid, but one stood its ground for decades, one for years. And we sold Lancasters to Argentina.

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  • Adrian1208  |  June 11 2012, 8:35PM

    It's no great loss anyway, the money it cost to keep the Vulcon flying is a wast of money, sure it would be good to put the money to better use??? The MOD had rid of this aircraft because it was outdated & better aircraft came along, this aircraft belongs in the corner of some museum then it's costing no more money

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  • hornet68  |  June 11 2012, 1:41PM

    heres a thought. If you donate to this and you arnt happy stop donating. if you dont donate wind yer neck in its not your money so stop moaning. Its part of our nations heritage and if the charity can keep it flying through donations all well and good.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  June 10 2012, 6:21PM

    "Concorde was an overpriced piece of junk that was used by only the rich." "Having travelled on Concorde, the seats were so close together it was like travelling in a minibus regardless of how technological it was." So, by (your) definition, you're either a) rich or b) wrong. "Why the silly dig about my form of transport?" It wasn't a dig, I neither know nor care how you choose to travel. Nor would I presume it my place to dictate how you should, whereas you seem to think that if something is expensive, then the option to use it should be done away with. "you aren't my comrade and never will be." Your ability to grasp sarcasm is clearly on a par with your ability to recognise a once-in-a-lifetime piece of engineering brilliance.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  June 10 2012, 10:35AM

    "Having looked at pictures of Concorde on the internet, the seats were so close together it was like travelling in a minibus regardless of how technological it was." Fixed that for ya.

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  • gsx1100  |  June 10 2012, 9:38AM

    "Public support has been lost..." no it hasn't, OldLincolnia, the Vulcan still has the funds to fly so,therefore, the public are still donating. When the public do stop donating their money, then it will stop flying. As for the "nerdies" tag, grow up. Why don't you work for a children's charity, which would be more worthwhile, rather than making illogical comments.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  June 10 2012, 8:21AM

    Time to admit it really is the end of the flightpath for what is at the end of the day just another aircraft. Public support has been lost, so park it on a roundabout outside the city, and all the nerdies perhaps could find something more worthwhile to do with the time on their hands rather than tinkering. Like working for a charity, maybe for sick children.

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  • Steve_Lincoln  |  June 09 2012, 7:21PM

    Having travelled on Concorde, the seats were so close together it was like travelling in a minibus regardless of how technological it was. Why the silly dig about my form of transport? You haven't a clue about me or my vehicles, so don't bother trying to guess and what's more, you aren't my comrade and never will be.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  June 09 2012, 8:47AM

    Concorde was a technological marvel that was decades ahead of its time, but lets drag everything down to the lowest common denominator just because you can't afford it eh? Presumably you drive around in a Trabant, because anything better is an unnecessaey extravagance that not everyone can afford? But then again, you no doubt take the bus because not everyone can afford a Trabant. Although walking is cheaper than the bus...See how a race to the bottom works comrade?

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