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Five more air show appearance by Vulcan

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: July 12, 2008

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FIVE new air show dates have been revealed for the newly restored Vulcan bomber.

It has been confirmed that the XH558 will grace the skies for several more events throughout the year.

The Cold War veteran made its first public appearance in more than 15 years at the RAF Waddington Air Show, after being granted a display flying permit at the 11th hour on Thursday, July 3.

Fans who were disappointed when an electrical fault meant the Vulcan did not fly on Sunday, July 5, will still be able to see the iconic delta-wing frame in action.

The five shows are the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford this weekend, the air show at RAF Farnborough on July 14 to July 20, Port Rush in Northern Ireland on September 7 and 8, a show in Jersey on September 11 and RAF Leuchars on September 13.

Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan to the Sky team, said the aircraft could make a total of 13 appearances this year – Waddington, the five dates announced plus a further seven.

But he said he did not want to disappoint fans by talking about dates later in the years which the aircraft might not be able to attend.

"It can fly for around 50 hours a year, with an annual fuel bill of £160,000, but we have to make sure we can afford to display her," he said.

"Some money is made back by the £8,000 fee we charge for a full display, but this only touches on the funds needed."

Throughout the display season, the bomber will be flying in and out of RAF Waddington for practice flights, as the operational base offers more flexibility than it's home at RAF Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.

For the full story see Saturday's Lincolnshire Echo.

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