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avtur15/05/2015 17:03:47
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I was on a full size aviation website a few minutes ago when my attention was drawn to a posting on the official Vulcan to the Sky website.

It has been confirmed that this will be the Vulcan's last flying season. Very much the end of an era, but then perhaps we were lucky to get a second bite of the cherry and see her in the air this last couple of years.

I guess it'll be busy wherever she goes this year!

Steve T15/05/2015 17:42:22
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So sad, I used to live at the end of the runway at Finningley, from my birth to 15 years old they flew over every day. I still never got tired of seeing and hearing them, loud as they where, and even hearing the wash after they had passed over Austerfield. A huge part of my 'growing up' and certainly an inspiration into the hobby. Yep, so sad!

Edited By Steve T on 15/05/2015 17:43:45

cymaz15/05/2015 18:02:23
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Posted by Steve T on 15/05/2015 17:42:22:

So sad, I used to live at the end of the runway at Finningley, from my birth to 15 years old they flew over every day. I still never got tired of seeing and hearing them, loud as they where, and even hearing the wash after they had passed over Austerfield. A huge part of my 'growing up' and certainly an inspiration into the hobby. Yep, so sad!

Edited By Steve T on 15/05/2015 17:43:45

I know what you mean. Most of my childhood and school holidays were to the sound of Hercules out of RAF Lyneham

Peter Miller15/05/2015 18:31:00
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As someone has just emailed me.

Pity Branson or Bernie Eccleston can't spare a bit of cash.

Maybe Richard wants it painted in Virgin colours

Jon Pond15/05/2015 18:45:47
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How would that help when it is the withdrawal of technical support due to airframe age that is driving the retirement?

Cliff Bastow15/05/2015 19:05:29
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I am determined to see it this year, does anyone know where it is displaying ?

Phil Cooke15/05/2015 19:22:55
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more venues confirmed each week, I think now they have decided this really IS the final season then there will be more and more sorties confirmed...

This is the current confirmed list

**LINK**

Martin Whybrow15/05/2015 20:50:56
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Little Gransden have XH558 on the list of aircraft displaying on August 30th, although it's not listed on the XH558 web site.

Erfolg15/05/2015 21:35:46
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It does not seem that long that it was put back into a flying condition, or is it?

If i my memory or perception is correct, the vast sums of money and time that were expended, must seem such a waste to many that were directly involved.

Phil Cooke15/05/2015 21:48:52
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She returned to flight in 2007 Erfolg and has performed 8 very impressive seasons.

I don't see how anybody interested in flying and British aviation heritage can see this venture as a waste, YES it has taken a lot of work and money, but the vast majority of that money has been donated by people keen to keep the Vulcan operational.

XH558 will remain ground operational after she has retired from flight, and will be maintained in condition to taxi under her own power - she is intended to be the 'live' active centrepiece of a centre for engineering excellence and innovation - inspiring the next generation of Engineers in this country. That has to be money well spent in my books.

john stones 115/05/2015 21:56:27
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I grew up (or maybe I never) in Armthorpe Vulcans where a very common site, so was the noise and smoke, I can't weigh you lot up....noisy, smell,oily things, Electric it's the future devil

John

John Privett15/05/2015 23:20:13
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Posted by Jon Pond on 15/05/2015 18:45:47:

How would that help when it is the withdrawal of technical support due to airframe age that is driving the retirement?

Not just the age of the airframe - though it does already have 10% more hours than any other Vulcan had. From the newsletter received this afternoon;

"Our technical partners already bring specialists out of retirement specifically to work on XH558; a solution that is increasingly impractical for those businesses as the necessary skills become distant in their collective memories. We have recently been made aware that the skills issue is particularly acute as our engines age and will require a considerable amount of additional (and costly) inspection and assessment."

Mike Etheridge 116/05/2015 22:10:22
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I went to the Models Engineers Exhibition this year at Alexander Palace with a friend and his son. During lunch we sat down at a table next to a elderly man on his own. We got into conversation with the man who explained that he used to maintain both Vickers Valiants and Avro Vulcans during his career in the RAF. After the V-bombers were scrapped / retired it seems that all spare parts including fuel tanks were disposed of. Some time later after he left the RAF, Vulcan XH 558 needed new fuel tanks and of course the special profile tanks which were specially shaped to suit the delta wing had all been scrapped. Fortunately new tanks were made by this chap who had joined a private company after leaving the RAF. However they were rectangular in profile and with less capacity than the original tanks but still offered sufficient range.

Colin Leighfield16/05/2015 22:22:29
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Mike, that is really interesting. Planes like this are massively complicated and you can see the scale of the task in keeping a single example in the air. It's amazing and a privilege to have seen this Vulcan back in the air in recent years after seeing it previously in its' last year with the RAF on display, at the Air Tatoo, Fairford, in 1989.

Times are changing and some things once familiar to us are disappearing fast, the Nimrod I suppose being the last example of this sort of early post-war technology being taken from the sky. The Yanks have still got their B52s, at least we can still see a Lancaster! Maybe two in a few years time when Just Jane gets back into the sky.

Monz16/05/2015 23:00:59
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"At the heart of their decision are two factors. First, although we are all confident that XH558 is currently as safe as any aircraft flying today, her structure and systems are already more than ten percent beyond the flying hours of any other Vulcan, so knowing where to look for any possible failure is becoming more difficult. These can be thought of as the ‘unknown unknown’ issues, which can be impossible to predict with any accuracy. Second, maintaining her superb safety record requires expertise that is increasingly difficult to find. "

avtur04/06/2015 09:43:11
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The Vulcan is doing a tour of UK 27th & 28th June.

She will over-fly locations around the UK where there are remaining static airframes of the V-force aircraft, so that's about 20 locations over the 2 days.

The details are tucked away in the link provided by Phil Cooke earlier in this thread, follow the 'more info' link for the 2 dates mentioned.

I'm very pleased to have found out about this as there is a Vulcan sitting on the ground about 3 miles away from me, just up the road at Woodford,

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