RAF Cosford’s 75th Anniversary Air Show is thrilled to announce the news that many have been waiting for, as Avro Vulcan XH558 from the Vulcan To The Sky Trust is confirmed to attend the event on Sunday 9th June.
Since returning to the skies in October 2007, the last flying example anywhere in the World of the Avro Vulcan has only been to the Air Show on one other occasion in 2009. The iconic aircraft was a huge hit with the visitors, setting a new attendance record and the Vulcan proved itself a firm crowd favourite.
XH558 supplements an already impressive line-up for the 2013 Air Show and is sure to be one of many highlights throughout the day. Other confirmations for the one-day event include the RAF Typhoon and Tucano display teams, aerobatic display team The Blades and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including the Avro Lancaster, another famous creation from the same engineering minds behind the Vulcan. The World famous RAF Red Arrows have also included the RAF Cosford Air Show in their 2013 display schedule.
The V-Bomber became a symbol of British strength in the deterrent years following World War II and was also used to great effect during the Falklands conflict until it retired from service in 1984. Its presence will complement a warmly anticipated exclusive to the static display, involving a Harrier GR3 complete with aircraft hide, set up exactly as it would have been during the Cold War.
Air show spokesman Flying Officer Sam Jewell said: “The RAF Cosford Air Show team is very excited about the announcement of XH558 returning to the Shropshire skies. We know from her display debut here at RAF Cosford in 2009 that the public love her appearance on their day out, so we are thrilled to be able to offer the experience again for the many thousands we are expecting.”
The appearance of the Vulcan has been made possible by a part-sponsorship deal with MPM Catering who provide all the refreshment stands offering a wide selection of food and drink during the day. Fiona O’Hanlon from MPM Catering commented: “We are delighted to be able to provide both the catering facilities for the RAF Cosford Air Show 2013 as well as a portion of the funding required to bring the Avro Vulcan back to the event. We have a particularly special relationship with the RAF Cosford Air Show and also wanted to provide this support given that the number of years we can enjoy this wonderful aircraft is decreasing.”
The organisers this year have also introduced several new hospitality enclosures for the 2013 Air Show including the popular ‘The Cosford Club’ sponsored by Nikon. With a dedicated crowd line spot, private domestic and catering facilities as well as the opportunity to loan exclusive Nikon equipment and the chance to win a taxi ride in a Jaguar aircraft, ‘The Cosford Club’ offers its members a fantastic enhancement to the Air Show experience. For details of the full range of packages on offer to suit all requirements and budgets, please visit the air show website at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk.
All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.
Air show tickets can be purchased online at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk, by calling the 24-hour ticket line on 0871 230 1083 (10p/min plus network charges), by combining rail travel and admission with Arriva Trains Wales or at various other outlets details of which can be found on the website. Advance adult tickets are priced from £20, representing a 20% discount on tickets bought on the day and FREE admission for children under-16 accompanied by an adult as well as FREE car parking.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Iconic Vulcan set to roar at RAF Waddington International Airshow
RAF Waddington’s International Air Show has welcomed the news that the iconic Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558 will once again be gracing the skies at this year’s air show, scheduled for the weekend of 6th and 7th July
This much loved aircraft returned triumphantly to the public domain at the RAF Waddington International Air Show in July 2008 for the first time after an absence of 16 years and has been seen by many millions of people all over the country since that incredible first year. Confirmation of her attendance means that visitors to this year’s Air Show can look forward to what many observers’ term the ‘Vulcan Effect’; this being used to describe the amazing impact the aircraft has on the public when she appears at air shows and other events.
RAF Waddington International Air Show Director Paul Sall says: “We’re working really hard on an exciting line up for this year’s Air Show, so to have confirmation that the Avro Vulcan, which is such a favourite of the crowd, will attend is fantastic news.”It is almost 20 years to the day since XH558 was retired from the Service and left RAF Waddington for what some thought would be for good. However, since 2008 XH558 has been kept in superb running condition by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust and volunteers at Robin Hood Airport at Doncaster. Now research to extend the flying life of this, the last airworthy Vulcan has taken a significant step forward as engineers seek to solve the technical challenges that could stop the aircraft flying after the 2013 season.
Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of Vulcan to the Sky, says: “I’m delighted that our plans to return Vulcan XH558 to the 2013 air display season are currently still on schedule, despite the financial challenges that we have faced over the winter. Indeed we still have to overcome some significant financial hurdles to enable us to achieve our objectives in 2013. However, it is always a great pleasure to bring the Vulcan back to her home at RAF Waddington, where I am sure she will, as ever, be afforded a very warm welcome. All of the success that has been achieved has only been made possible by the efforts of the public, who have supported XH558 so loyally and admirably. We do hope that XH558 will continue to justify the public’s support in 2013 and beyond.”
This year’s event will celebrate the RAF’s 95th Anniversary and commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the World War II Dam Buster Raids. Tickets for the Air Show have been on general sale since November 2012; early indications are that it’s going to be another sell out year. With advance tickets breaking last year’s records, this year’s Air Show looks set to be winner and without doubt a great family day out.
Tickets for the event are available from the official Air Show website: www.waddingtonairshow.co.uk . Advanced tickets are discounted and the organisers encourage advance purchase as on the day tickets may be limited if demand is at such a level where the gates may be closed based on pre show sales.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Love is…. A Vulcan at the Air Tattoo
If aircraft received Valentine’s Day cards then Vulcan XH558, which has just been confirmed for this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo in the Cotswolds, would be inundated today!
That’s the belief of the airshow organisers who have chosen Valentine’s Day to announce the participation of an iconic aircraft that continues to inspire strong feelings of passion among its army of supporters.
Vulcan XH558 is the only flying example of this large Cold War bomber in the world having been restored to flying condition in 2007 following a public fundraising campaign by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTTS) that helped raise more than £7 million.
The appeal of the delta-winged Vulcan owes as much to its curvaceous design as it does its sheer size and power. In the air, its thunderous yet graceful display is one of the most eagerly-anticipated on the UK airshow circuit.
As well as watching its display at RAF Fairford on July 20-21, visitors will be able to visit the Vulcan Village within the Air Tattoo’s Vintage Zone to find out more about the aircraft and talk to members of the aircrew.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “It was people’s love for the Vulcan and their desire to see it fly again that enabled the incredible fundraising team to do the impossible and bring this amazing aircraft back to flying condition.”
VTTS Director Michael Trotter said that whilst he hoped Vulcan XH558 would appear at many more Air Tattoos, there was a possibility that this may be her last one. He said: “The engineering team is working with leading aviation industry specialists to ensure that XH558 can continue flying for as long as possible, but there are complex technical issues to be resolved.
“The Air Tattoo audience is substantial and very appreciative. We are always asked if we will be at Fairford as it is important both in the UK and for the aircraft’s overseas supporters, many of whom come over specially to see her fly at the airshow.”
The Air Tattoo is the world’s greatest airshow and is staged in support of the RAF Charitable Trust. July’s event will feature a thrilling seven-hour flying display, a large static aircraft park and a wide range of interactive family entertainment. For a full list of all the visitor opportunities and to purchase Earlybird tickets, visit airtattoo.com – all under-16s go free.
The Vulcan Restoration Trust are pleased to announce that we will be holding four Visit the Vulcan open days at London Southend Airport during 2013 on the following dates:
Sunday 28 April Sunday 16 June Sunday 11 August Sunday 29 September
Visitors will be able to get a close-up view of Vulcan XL426 and talk to the volunteers who look after her. There will also be the chance to climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit and see at first-hand the cramped conditions in which XL426′s five-man crew had to work. Our Visit the Vulcan days are a vital part of our ongoing fund raising to help preserve Southend’s Vulcan.
The gates at each Visit the Vulcan day will open at 10.00 a.m. and last admission will be at 4.00 p.m. Small entry fee to be paid on the gate, plus an additional small fee (including children) for cockpit visits. The Vulcan’s cockpit is small so visits are subject to availability. Cockpit visits take place at 15 minute intervals and timed visit tickets can be purchased on the day to avoid having to queue. Ticket prices for each have yet to be finalised. Admission for VRT Members carrying a current membership card is free. VRT Members are also entitled to a free cockpit visit. We regret that no pets can be admitted to our Visit the Vulcan days because of airport regulations. Assistance dogs are permitted.
A selection of Vulcan souvenirs and memorabilia will be on sale from our stand. Teas, coffees, alcoholic beverages and lunches will be available throughout each day from the Lancaster Bar & Restaurant, which is situated next to the Vulcan.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive by train. London Southend Airport station is only two minutes walk from the Vulcan and is served by frequent trains on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line. Those arriving by car can park in the airport’s short stay car parks which are situated by the new passenger terminal and for which there is a charge. The short stay car parks are situated approximately two to four minutes walk from XL426. Sadly we can offer no parking facilities to visitors (including disabled badge holders) other than those offered by the airport.
We’ve confirmed a stunning line-up for The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.
New for Saturday 8 September only is Avro Vulcan XH558, which previously flew at IWM Duxford in September 2008. Vulcan XH558 performs a majestic flying display in the 60th anniversary year of the Vulcan’s maiden flight and the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, in which the Vulcan played a vital role. XH558 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world.
Also now confirmed for Saturday only is the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an American-built jet trainer aircraft.
The world-famous Red Arrows perform on Sunday 9 September only.
There is still time to purchase your tickets in advance to save 10% and get a free child ticket, which is available with every adult or senior ticket purchased. This offer is on advance ticket purchases only; it cannot be used on the day of the event.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.iwm.org.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01223 499 353. The Box Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30amto 4.30pm.
There is no booking fee but a postage and packing fee applies per transaction.
Advance tickets will be available until:
5pm on Friday 24 August for overseas postal delivery
5pm on Wednesday 29 August for UK postal delivery
AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan to Headline Airbourne: Eastbounre International Airshow
The UK’s only flying Vulcan bomber will headline at Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow next month, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the free four day airshow which returns from 9 – 12 August.
Leading a line up of fast jets, historic aircraft and many favourites fromthe last two decades of the show, the cold war jet will fly for the first time in Eastbourne on Saturday 11 August.
Airbourne fans can also look forward to the return of some favourites from past years including Europe’s only airworthy B17 Flying Fortress, affectionately known as ‘Sally B’ from the film Memphis Belle, and the return of the impressive Chinook display.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley said “We are so delighted the Vulcan is back in the skies again, it is an amazing aircraft and with its deep rumble and imposing shape, it’s like nothing we have ever seen here in Eastbourne before.”
Also joining the line up are the UK’s only civilian supersonic jet aerobatic team, the Red Gnat Display Team, using the Folland Gnat aircraft, formerly the aircraft of choice by the Red Arrows. The team includes several former RAF pilots, including Willy Hackett who flew the Tornado F3 over Eastbourne several years ago.
The Vulcan joins a line up of over 75 flying displays over the four days including the RAF Tornado GR4, Hawk, King Air, Tucano, Tutor, Sea King, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Army Air Corps Lynx.
Plenty of aerobatics will be on offer from former World Grand Prix Gold medal winners the Red Bull Matadors, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the aerodynamic SWIP Silence Twister team. French team La Patrouille Reva add a touch of elegance with their purpose built AcroEZ aircraft, based on a combination of the aerodynamic NASA built Rutan VariEze and the Mirage III jet.
Plus The Blades will be zooming across the skies at Airbourne over all four days, hot on the heels of their recent world record achievement of flying 26 consecutive formation loops.
Joining the B17 in the classic aircraft line up is the stunning Hawker Hunter jet aircraft (Miss Demeanour), plus the Jet Provost, P-51 Mustang, and a spectacular dogfight from the Spitfire and Messerschmitt ME109.
Dropping in on all the action will be parachute teams from the Royal Navy and the British Army Tigers, plus arena events and an end of show finale to coincide with the Olympic closing ceremony shown live on a big screen at Princes Park.
For great uninterrupted views of all the flying book exclusive seating at the Bandstand, or for great views on the flying display line, exclusive facilities and fantastic food book into the Aviator Club on the Western Lawns with 3 course summer lunch and complimentary champagne and canapés on arrival from £78 per person, or a light buffet option in the Cirrus Rooms for £66.
A special 20th anniversary edition of the souvenir programme is currently available for pre-order at £3 with delivery to your door £1.50 p&p.
Airbourne takes place on Eastbourne seafront from 9 – 12 August with arena and ground displays on the Western Lawns over all four days, and entry is free.
AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan set to appear for two days at Bournemouth Air Festival
Air Festival organisers are thrilled to confirm that the Avro Vulcan will be making a roaring weekend display appearance at this year’s much anticipated event. The aircraft had been booked and announced to appear on Sunday 2nd September, but it’s with thanks to sponsorship from local Wimborne company AIRglide, and business partner Action Aviation Ltd that the crowd favourite has been secured for Saturday 1st.
2012 is a historic year for the Avro Vulcan, celebrating 60 years since its first flight and the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands War.
Dr Robert Pleming, CEO Vulcan to the Sky Trust said; “We are absolutely delighted to be displaying twice at this year’s Air Festival and it’s with thanks to our sponsors AIRglide Ltd and Action Aviation that we are able to do so.”
The iconic Vulcan performed a record-breaking three times in 2009 and again in 2010, amazing the hundreds of thousands of people along the packed event arena with its size, roar and sheer presence.
Commented David Stoneman Managing Director AIRglide Ltd; “We are honoured to be supporting the appearance of the Vulcan at this year’s Air Festival. It’s a unique opportunity to be associated with the weekend ‘Vulcan effect’ particularly in such a significant year. We hope festival goers enjoy the beauty of this remarkable aircraft.”
AIRglide Ltd specialises in its own unique nano surface protectant that reduces surface friction by 42% in all sectors of transport, from Aviation to road transport. The Vulcan Bomber has also been coated in their product Aviation shield ™
Added David; “We are proud to sponsor the Vulcan at our home town of Bournemouth. We have come to have a lot of respect for the Board of Directors of the charity, and for the tireless work by volunteers to keep this part of our heritage alive, and the ground crew of engineers and mechanics who keep her serviceable. We would especially like to thank Michael Trotter, Richard Clarke and Barrie Hunt, without these guys at the Vulcan to the Sky charity, we would not be here sponsoring the Vulcan for the airshow.”
Added Jon WeaverAir Festival Director; “Securing the Vulcan is a great achievement – we are delighted to welcome the aircraft back and I know Saturday’s display will be much anticipated.”
AIRSHOW NEWS: Aviation Jewel to give Diamond Display at Air Tattoo
Sixty years since it first took to the skies, the most iconic aircraft of the Cold War era will be at this summer’s Royal International Air Tattoo for a double celebration as the airshow marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Named The Spirit of Great Britain, the delta-winged Vulcan XH558 is the only remaining airworthy Vulcan bomber. Not only will it take part in the flying display on July 7-8 but it will take centre stage in the airshow’s Cold War Zone, enabling people to see it close up on the ground.
Air Tattoo Chief Executive Tim Prince said: “Anyone who hasn’t seen the Vulcan display really ought to while they have the chance. Those who have seen it, return again and again to experience its power, grace and beauty. It conjures up similar emotions to those felt by people who saw Concorde display. There’s a palpable sense of awe in the crowd.
Dubbed ‘the people’s aircraft’, Vulcan XH558 is funded largely by public donations. Not only is she the last flying Vulcan but she is also the only remaining airworthy example of the RAF’s famous Cold War V-Force, the UK’s strategic nuclear strike force which comprised Victors, Valiants and Vulcans.
The Vulcan, which first flew on August 30, 1952, has a special relationship with the Royal Family as the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Prince Michael of Kent have all piloted the aircraft.
Organisers of this summer’s Air Tattoo are working alongside the Royal Air Force to stage a number of special aerial tributes to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Countries that have already confirmed they will be sending aircraft to the airshow include Brazil, Hungary, France, the US, Switzerland, Poland and Latvia.
Special Air Tattoo Earlybird tickets, priced £34, are available until the end of March from airtattoo.com or by calling 0800 107 1940. All accompanied under-16s go free. Free parking.
Wings & Wheels is delighted to confirm the Avro Vulcan XH558 will now also participate at Dunsfold Wings & Wheels on Sunday 28th, as well as Monday 29th August. The world’s only Avro Vulcan capable of flying will form one of the key attractions in the Airshow’s five hour flying displays thanks to the support of key sponsor, Aerobytes Ltd.
Airworthy again after more than 10 years of campaigning and comprehensive restoration work by the ‘Vulcan to the Sky Trust’, the striking delta-wing bomber was the last of its kind to serve in the Royal Air Force. The aircraft was de-commissioned in 1993 & returned to the skies at Bruntingthorpe in October 2007. Last year, the iconic aircraft celebrated the 50th anniversary of its very first flight.
Eddie Forrester, Managing Director, Aerobytes Ltd says: “Aerobytes is passionate about keeping the Vulcan where it belongs, in the sky! We are delighted to be able to support both the bomber and Wings & Wheels by sponsoring the display and bringing this breathtaking aircraft to Dunsfold Aerodrome.”
Jamie McAllister, Event Director comments: “The Vulcan drew a huge crowd to last year’s Wings & Wheels. We are all really excited to confirm she will be displaying on both days this year and would like to thank Aerobytes for helping to make this possible. The Vulcan is another iconic addition to an already incredible line-up of aviation favourites. Tickets are now on sale from £18 and can be purchased from www.wingsandwheels.net.”
It costs around £2M each year to maintain & operate the Vulcan. This is funded by a small army of several thousand individuals and companies like Aerobytes Ltd. As ever, the finances of the Vulcan are precariously balanced on the edge so your help would be gratefully received. For more information visit http://www.vulcantothesky.org/
Also included in the Wings line-up are the:
• de Havilland Vampire T11
• Team Viper (5 Hunter formation team)
• Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane)
• RAF Hawk T1
• RAF Tucano T1
• RAF Tutor T1
• Royal Navy Lynx Helicopter
• Royal Navy Historic Flight (Sea Hawk & Sea Fury)
• Tigers Parachute Team
• Hawker Hunter – Miss Demeanour
• Hangar 11 (Curtiss Kittyhawk, Hawker Hurricane)
• Old Flying Machine Company (Supermarine Spitfire, Mustang P51D)
• The Blades
• Breitling Wingwalkers
• Red Bull Matadors
• Avro Vulcan XH558
The 7th annual Wings and Wheels will be held over the August Bank holiday weekend; Sunday 28th & Monday 29th August 2011, at Dunsfold Park near Guildford, Surrey, and is open to spectators from 09:00 until 18:30.
Tickets start from £18 for adults, £40 for a family (2 adults and 3 children aged 5 – 15yrs), £5 for children aged between 5 and 15yrs and under 5s are free. Hospitality packages start from £125 per person, weekend passes, grandstand tickets and camping are also available. For more information visit www.wingsandwheels.net or to book tickets call 08712 305572.
Wings & Wheels is promoted by Dunsfold Park Limited with proceeds going to nominated charities: Brooklands Museum Trust, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust, Help for Heroes and Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
The Vulcan Restoration Trust will be holding an ‘Aviation Enthusiast Event’, along with its AGM, at Hawkwell Village Hall, Hawkwell, Essex SS5 4EH on 9 April 2011. Entry is free to VRT members, with a minimum donation of £5.00 each requested from members of the public. Tickets and further information will be available from the Trust’s website at www.avrovulcan.com
Doors will be open at 12:00, with the event starting at 1pm. Our guest speaker for the afternoon will be Steve Bridgewater.Steve is currently editor of the new Jets Monthly magazine, which is published by Kelsey Publishing of Cudham, Kent, with issue number one just hitting the shelves in late January of this year.
He will be speaking about ‘100 years of airshows’, and his interesting and varied life in aviation.
Steve reveals how a trip to an airshow as an aspirational nine-year old moulded his life:
I remember straining my neck to look into the far distance. An unmistakable shape was circling on the horizon, a shape this fresh-faced nine-year old had seen in books and magazines, but never seen in the flesh. The incoming aeroplane was now trailing a cloud of thick black smoke and flying straight towards the airfield. The mighty Vulcan bomber was inbound. At crowd centre the pilot stood the big delta onto its tail and the engines howled as it climbed towards a large blue patch in the sky. For the next 15 minutes I stood spellbound as the V-Bomber cavorted in front of me, a wide eyed grin seemingly painted onto my young face. This was 1984, I was just nine years old but I remember my first airshow experience to this day. I’d always been interested in aeroplanes but that day, more than 25 years ago, I knew I wanted to be a pilot.
He began volunteering at Air Atlantique in 1995, eventually becoming their Commercial Director, looking after many aspects of the Air Atlantique Classic Flight and the AIRBASE visitor centre at Coventry Airport. He left that post earlier this year. Steve has held a National Private Pilot Licence (NPPL) since September 2005 and has flown aircraft as diverse as the Jet Provost, Extra 300 and Bulldog. He was born and bred in Tamworth, Staffordshire and has also lived next to RAF Wittering near Stamford. Although trained in marketing Steve made his career as an aviation journalist and has edited Air Action and Go Flying! magazines and been Deputy Editor at Today’s Pilot and Pilot magazines. He has been short-listed for the prestigious International Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award (AJOYA) on three separate occasions and had work published worldwide.
The event is being arranged by the Vulcan Restoration Trust, the charity that preserves the ‘Southend Vulcan’ based at Southend Airport (see attached information sheet), with the proceeds from the event going towards its continued restoration and preservation.