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AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan set to feature at Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day 2014 is pleased to announce the participation of the world’s only airworthy Avro Vulcan B2 – XH558 ‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ in its flying display on Saturday 26 July 2014. Always popular with Air Day supporters the aircraft will also be available to view at close quarters on the ground too.

The Avro Vulcan was one of three ‘V bomber’ designs pressed into RAF service during the Cold War days as a nuclear strike platform. It was the 1982 Falklands Conflict that really propelled the type to stardom, when Vulcans carried out the longest conventional bombing missions in history. The RAF retired the Vulcan in 1984 but XH558 was kept active for flying displays until 1992. In the very late 1990s, a return-to-flight programme was launched, culminating in October 2007 when XH558 powered skywards again.

Now, this unique global survivor is kept alive mainly through enormous public affection and financial support but, being more than fifty years old, ‘The Spirit of Great Britain’ is fast-approaching its natural life’s end. Wing-strengthening plates added over the winter have given it two more years’ flying hours but, after 2015, XH558 is set to be grounded for good.

Given this scenario, the Vulcan’s involvement in Air Day 2014 is all the more timely. XH558′s thunderous and mesmerising performance will be one highlight of a five-plus hour flying display that, some four months before the show, is already shaping up well. Other classic British jet types may be added in due course, while flying display highlights so far announced include the Swiss Air Force Hornet Solo Display and the show-closing Commando Assault: Air Day’s explosive finale.

Tickets for Air Day can be booked online at at the discounted advance rates or by calling 08445 781 781.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Vulcan signs up for ​Clacton Airshow on A​ugust 23​

The ever popular crowd-pulling Vulcan bomber will be appearing at the Clacton Air Show this summer. Tendring District Council (TDC), organisers of the event, has secured its appearance on Friday, August 23.

The Avro Vulcan, the most recognisable of the V-bombers, made its debut at the air show last year and proved a smash hit with people travelling from far and wide to get a glimpse.

The aircraft appearing at Clacton is the world’s last flying Avro Vulcan.

There had been fears that it would have to stop flying at the end of the year but earlier this month it was announced its future is secure through to the end of 2015 at least.

It is to receive a vital airframe modification that will ensure that she is airworthy for a while longer. The good news was made following extensive research by The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the aircraft. The charity’s engineering team now believes it can solve the series of complex technical challenges that could have grounded her for good.

The Avro Vulcan was one of the most impressive aircraft of its time and remains so to this day, incorporating many advances in technology and aerodynamics when it was designed in the years after the Second World War. Its requirement was to fly long distances and drop nuclear bombs but the only war it ever took part in was a conventional one in the Falklands.

Alan Goggin, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, said the Vulcan is a major coup for the show “We promised that there was a big announcement to come – and they don’t come much bigger, or louder, than the Vulcan Bomber,” he said. “So many people said we had to get it back after last year’s display and I am delighted the team have pulled it off.”

Further details of other flights, activities and attractions will be unveiled over the coming weeks.

Cllr Goggin added that the addition of the Vulcan has financial implications for the two-day event which takes place on August 22 and 23.

“It would be fantastic if there was a firm or organisation out there which would be willing to sponsor that particular aircraft and I can promise them an excellent package should they wish to do so,” he said.

“We are also very hopeful that the appearance of the Vulcan will persuade people to dig deep and make a contribution when the buckets go round at the show for a donation.”

The Vulcan will be joining the Tutor, Tucano and Sea King helicopter, the world famous Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Trig Aerobatic team in the programme – and there will be more to come.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality, or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Shoreham Airshow welcomes new sponsors and exciting additions

The organisers of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow being held on 31st August and September 1st are delighted to announce new major sponsors on board for this their 24th Airshow which to date has raised. 1.8 Million Pounds for RAFA Funds.

Air BP has joined Spitfire Ale (Shepherd Neame), Southern Trains and Johnson’s Press (Group Papers Hampshire and Sussex) as major sponsors. “The Aviation Division of BP is delighted to associate itself with Shoreham Airshow considered by many to be one of the most popular aviation events in the UK that has given so much to such a deserving charity as the Royal Air Forces Association,” said their spokesperson.

Other supporters include Bunn Leisure, Winner Plant Hire, Southern Water, Rabbit Skips, Splash FM, Brietling and Brighton Shoreham Airport. “These are very important to us at Shoreham as they provide the support we need in many areas to make sure the show runs to the standards the CAA expects,” said Derek Harber Airshow Organiser.

Rod Dean, the Airshow Flying Display Director has confirmed that the Vulcan has been booked for Sunday 1st September.

He added, “The flying display is all but completed and we will be featuring some new participants to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of 617 Squadrons Dambusters Raid and the Salute to the US Mighty 8th Air Force. The RAF is providing a full assortment of display aircraft including the Eurofighter and Lancaster.

Civilian owned Aircraft including the North American Sabre, Hawker Hunter T7 and Strikemaster jets will also be flying. The Breitling Wingwalkers and the Matadors will take to the air as will the RN Historic Flight’s Sea Fury and Swordfish. The Airfield Attack and Scramble supported by pyrotechnics and ground support will return along with the World War One Display Team.”

“Ground attractions and the static aircraft display make it a full day out for all our visitors and we have not forgotten the children with a fun fair and flight simulators. Military vehicle displays will run alongside the popular craft tent. On Saturday evening we have the very colourful kite display lighting up the skies over the airfield,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.

“It has now become a mammoth task for the airshow team to run this event. We know we can’t please all, but we can assure you that it is a real value family day out with over 5 hours flying and 60 participating display aircraft. With the backdrop of Lancing College and the South Downs it makes Shoreham a unique display which is highly respected by pilots and members of the armed services, as is shown by their continued support over the years,” said Derek Harber.

Our website is updated on a regular basis and the Johnson’s Press ticket hotlines are now open on 01903 714135 and 01903 282382. They are also selling tickets at over 75 retail outlets in Hampshire and Sussex.

For those that want to see the show in style there is the Executive Enclosure where you can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea whilst watching the flying close to the crowd line. For more information please contact the airshow office on 01273 441545.

AIRSHOW NEWS: RAF Cosford Air Show braces for the Vulcan Effect

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.

Avro Vulcan B2 XH558The 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

All profits made from the RAF Cosford Air Show are donated to service and local charities.

Air show tickets can be purchased online at, 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.

VulcanRobert 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: . 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

Avro Vulcan B2 XH558If 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 – all under-16s go free.

NEWS: Visit the Vulcan Days 2013

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.

For more information visit the Vulcan Restoration Trust Website.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Red Arrows and Vulcan confirmed for Duxford Airshow



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 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.”



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