Imperial War Museum Duxford has announced that, due to technical reasons, the World’s only flying Vulcan bomber will not now be taking part in the Museum’s Autumn Air Show this Sunday, 5 October – the last major air show in the UK this year. A statement issued by the aircraft’s operators, Vulcan To The Sky, cites technical problems with one of the aircraft’s four jet engines as the reason.

“The Vulcan was very popular when it displayed at Duxford in September so, due to public demand, we booked it again for our Autumn Air Show.” says Richard Ashton, Director of Imperial War Museum Duxford. “We know that the public were looking forward to a return appearance of the aircraft but even without the Vulcan, our Autumn Air Show is still going to be a great show. The line-up has just been enhanced by the addition of the RAF’s newest fighter, the Typhoon, which means our last air show of the year will feature a fantastic blend of classic aircraft and front-line fast jets – and we’re really looking forward to the show. We wish the Vulcan To The Sky team the very best and hope to see the Vulcan back over Duxford in 2009.”

Although visitors will not get to see the Vulcan in the air on Sunday they will instead have the chance to meet many of the RAF crews who took part in the daring ‘Black Buck’ Vulcan bombing raids during the 1982 Falklands War. Flying many thousands of miles, the RAF Vulcans undertook what were then the longest bombing raids in history to attack Argentine positions on the Falklands. Richard Ashton adds “This is what we do at Duxford. By giving our visitors the opportunity to meet the men and women who made history, we bring history to life.” The Vulcan crews will be attending the air show alongside other aviation veterans including wartime RAF Bomber Command aircrews.

Duxford’s Autumn Air Show is the UK’s last major air display of the year. World-famous French Air Force aerobatics team the Patrouille de France will be taking to the air as well as RAF fast jets, Royal Navy helicopters and classic aircraft including a Mustang, Hurricane and several of Duxford’s famous Spitfires. Visitors to the show will also be treated to a thrilling display from the Belgian Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighter.

Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Autumn Air Show will take place on Sunday 5 October. Duxford is just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11. Gates will open at 8am and the flying will begin at 1.30pm. Admission will cost: Adults £24.95, Seniors (60 and over) £22.00 and £9.95 for Children and Concessions. Under 5s are free. Ample free parking is available. For further information, visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford or telephone 01223 835 000.

All flying subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.