Vulcan prepares for 2009 season
Work has started to prepare Vulcan XH558 for its 2009 display flying season – the Vulcan engineering team has commenced the aircraft’s annual ‘Pre-Season Service’, ensuring that XH558 is in top technical condition for flying this summer. The work will take about six weeks, culminating in a test flight.
The ‘Vulcan to the Sky’ team now plan to showcase XH558 in front of the public for her 2009 season at the RAF Cosford Airshow on June 14, followed by a programme spanning 20 locations across the UK and Europe. The Vulcan should be seen by more than three million spectators this summer, plus countless more as it flies around the country.
In March, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) was able to announce that the future of the Vulcan in flight has been saved by the pledges of donations from thousands of members of the public, making XH558 ‘The People’s Aircraft’. The target of £1 million was finally reached in time, with half that amount coming in during the last six days of a nail-bitingly tense campaign. About half of the pledges have now been honoured through donations, with more arriving every day.
Because in these economically grim days it cannot be assumed that all pledges will be honoured, the Trust is asking the public to continue to provide financial support, either through the website www.vulcantothesky.org or by phone on 0116 247 8145.
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