RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2010 is delighted to announce that subject to the completion of flight testing and other factors, Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 will be taking part in the Flying Display. In its own fiftieth anniversary year, the mighty Vulcan will be one of the stars of the show, which this year marks the 70th birthday of RNAS Yeovilton itself with a pageant of naval aviation.
The Avro Vulcan was one strand of Britain’s post-war nuclear deterrent. In RAF service for close to three decades, the type famously achieved its finest hour in the twilight of its career with the infamous bombing of Port Stanley during the 1982 Falklands Conflict.
Vulcan XH588 first flew in 1960 and, after being retired, was flown at airshows by the RAF until 1992. Its subsequent passing into private ownership represented the start of an epic, heavily supported and heavily financed return to flight, which was realised in 2007.
XH588 is the world’s only flying Vulcan and there is simply nothing else like it in the skies. As an airshow performer it is unique both visually and aurally, with its immense delta shape highlighted by the hollering howl of its four Rolls-Royce Olympus engines.
Present at last year’s Air Day, the Vulcan would have been one of the Flying Display’s real treats, but a combination of technical difficulties and bad weather kept it on the ground. It is strongly hoped that, this year, the Vulcan will be able to perform at RNAS Yeovilton for the first time in 18 years.
Air Day 2010 takes place on Saturday 10 July and will showcase the base’s seven decades of history with a cavalcade of naval airpower, past and present. The five-hour Flying Display will feature three international display teams including the RAF Red Arrows and the Spanish Air Force Patrulla Aguila in its sole 2010 UK appearance, fast jets a-plenty and numerous other attractions alongside comprehensive ground-based entertainment.
The current list of participating aircraft can be viewed at www.yeoviltonairday.co.uk. Tickets are available online or via the ticketline on 08445 781 781.