Vulcan to be grounded
Want to see the last flying Vulcan? Time is finally running out...
The Vulcan to the Sky Trust said the decision was inevitable and based on several factors: the need for £200,000 of wing modification work, the lack of engineering drawings for key components plus the fact engine life is almost exhausted. "There are no more airworthy engines available," said Trustee chief executive Dr Robert Pleming, "and refurbishment would be so difficult and costly that there is no possibility that it will happen.
All is not lost, though. Plans are afoot for the Vulcan to take on an intriguing new role - becoming the centrepiece of a new engineering education centre and, get this, offering fast taxi runs as a key draw! It will thus not be left to degrade, but will be maintained in "excellent running order".
Before then, the Trust wants the Vulcan to go out in "spectacular" fashion. £400K is needed for a full winter service, though: those who donate will, in return, get the chance to fly their name on the aircraft.
Looks like the first absolute must-see event of 2013 has already been confirmed, then...
Just got to make sure I get to see her fly as often as I can next year.
I don't see the RAF being in a position to take on the Vulcan. Can you imagine the howls of righteous indignation from the bean counters at the MOD if they were asked to fund 558?
Never really been a viable option for the RAF unless, i guess, they grounded the BBMF & I cannot see them doing that to keep 558 in the air.
Sad but probably the correct thing to do I think in the current economic climate not to mention the safety aspect of keeping her in the air.
Far better to have seen her flying safely than to see her suddenly become a danger.
I hope than when she does finally stop flying that a purpose built hanger/display building can be built to ensure that she remains on show for all to see.
It would be a tragedy if she met her end at the hands of the scrappers.
On another note, I can't believe it's been back in the air for five years.
When I was little my Dad used to take me to see it when it was still in bits, went to the first public flight it did in 07, seen it virtually every year since, the atmosphere at that first flight was surreal.
I agree it would be great if the RAF could find the money to expand the BBMF, but it won't happen.
Sadly, flying planes for nostalgia reasons is only ever going to be a moneypit. If I won the lottery, would it be this or a Concorde that I chose to restore? And how long would even £100m keep either in the air? The world moves on, sadly.