The Vulcan’s final flight?

Swindon Advertiser: The Vulcan’s final flight? The Vulcan’s final flight?

AN HISTORIC aircraft which was Britain’s last line of defence in the Cold War could be grounded or sold unless its owners can raise £150,000 by the end of tomorrow.

The Vulcan, the last all-British designed and built military aircraft, was on around-the-clock standby to drop the atomic bomb on the Soviet Union during the east-west standoff.

Now the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which displays the last flying Vulcan – XH558 – at air shows during the summer, needs to raise money urgently to maintain the aircraft at RAF Lyneham until Christmas.

The trustees will meet tonight and if they are not satisfied that the funds can be raised by the deadline, the charity will have to call in the administrators.

Chief executive Dr Robert Pleming said: “By Thursday evening, we need to be sure that we will have £150,000 by the end of the week.

“If there is any doubt, she will follow Concorde into permanent retirement or be sold to a collector almost certainly abroad.

“If we don’t make it, a heritage icon as popular as the Tower of London may never be seen by the British public again.

“We have a great business plan for 2011 that will substantially improve our commercial funding but the stark reality is that we look unlikely to survive beyond October.”

The last flying Vulcan thrilled almost two million people this year and has featured at several shows, including the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and the Kemble Air Day.

The aircraft, built in 1960 and restored between 2005 and 2007, is currently being looked after at RAF Lyneham by a team of 11 people, including five engineers.

Taff Stone, a retired RAF sergeant, who is the chief engineer and crew chief, said: “If it cannot continue, I would be absolutely devastated.

“I came out of the RAF to restore the aircraft and I used to be on the display team when it was in service so I have been with the aircraft since 1981.

“It is the last all-British designed and built aircraft, it’s part of our Cold War history, which now is part of the National Curriculum, as well as a living part of the Cold War design.”

Former fighter pilot Harry Bromley, 84, of Broome Manor, who travelled in the Vulcan when it was in service, led the original fundraising campaign to restore the aircraft.

He said: “It is part of the history of this country in aeronautical terms and it was the last military aircraft that was built. Every bit of it, every nut and bolt, is British.

“It was years and years before its time and it did a sterling job when it was part of the nuclear deterrent for this country.

“That aircraft is too valuable and I would regret it if it was allowed to go just because of the sum that’s been asked for.”

At the start of October, the trust needed to raise about £400,000 but has already generated £350,000 through donations from individuals and businesses.

To support the appeal, call the donation hotline on 0845 5046 558 or visit www.vulcantothesky.org/donate

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7:00am Thu 28 Oct 10

john c says...

A great aircraft, I hope that they reach their target.
A great aircraft, I hope that they reach their target. john c

9:07am Thu 28 Oct 10

Tony Hillier says...

now you are


I am told
round clock standby
four minutes take-off ready
may done pilot's head in

knowing if drop that bomb
no go home
no home to go to
UK nuclear blitzed

told wear eye patch one eye
flashback your bomb blind
need other to fly after
no sweat no sweat no iris

told fly Russian Steppes
find big Russian woman
settle down secretly
UK nuclear blitzed

so I am told
now so are you
Vulcan witness such heroes
still eyeball our homeland


Poet Bloke Tony
now you are I am told round clock standby four minutes take-off ready may done pilot's head in knowing if drop that bomb no go home no home to go to UK nuclear blitzed told wear eye patch one eye flashback your bomb blind need other to fly after no sweat no sweat no iris told fly Russian Steppes find big Russian woman settle down secretly UK nuclear blitzed so I am told now so are you Vulcan witness such heroes still eyeball our homeland Poet Bloke Tony Tony Hillier

9:51am Thu 28 Oct 10

Robfm says...

The article starts off saying £150k, but later on it is said £400k needed to be raised of which £359k has.

So is it £150 or £50k.
The article starts off saying £150k, but later on it is said £400k needed to be raised of which £359k has. So is it £150 or £50k. Robfm

11:22am Thu 28 Oct 10

Jock Strop says...

more tosh from hillier
more tosh from hillier Jock Strop

12:06pm Thu 28 Oct 10

cfa says...

Jock Strop wrote:
more tosh from hillier
Alright Jockster, how you doing?
[quote][p][bold]Jock Strop[/bold] wrote: more tosh from hillier[/p][/quote]Alright Jockster, how you doing? cfa

5:58pm Thu 28 Oct 10

I Too says...

Tony Hillier wrote:
now you are I am told round clock standby four minutes take-off ready may done pilot's head in knowing if drop that bomb no go home no home to go to UK nuclear blitzed told wear eye patch one eye flashback your bomb blind need other to fly after no sweat no sweat no iris told fly Russian Steppes find big Russian woman settle down secretly UK nuclear blitzed so I am told now so are you Vulcan witness such heroes still eyeball our homeland Poet Bloke Tony
Seriously. Read this back to yourself Tony.
do you honestly think you've written something clever, amusing, poetic, or thought provoking?
[quote][p][bold]Tony Hillier[/bold] wrote: now you are I am told round clock standby four minutes take-off ready may done pilot's head in knowing if drop that bomb no go home no home to go to UK nuclear blitzed told wear eye patch one eye flashback your bomb blind need other to fly after no sweat no sweat no iris told fly Russian Steppes find big Russian woman settle down secretly UK nuclear blitzed so I am told now so are you Vulcan witness such heroes still eyeball our homeland Poet Bloke Tony[/p][/quote]Seriously. Read this back to yourself Tony. do you honestly think you've written something clever, amusing, poetic, or thought provoking? I Too

10:51pm Thu 28 Oct 10

reality_check says...

I wouldn't mind if he was even remotely close to any of these things, but he's not. Hillier is the poetry equivalent of those deluded idiots in the early auditions of X Factor; They think they have have a talent, but they so don't..

Hillier, please stop, its not even funny.
I wouldn't mind if he was even remotely close to any of these things, but he's not. Hillier is the poetry equivalent of those deluded idiots in the early auditions of X Factor; They think they have have a talent, but they so don't.. Hillier, please stop, its not even funny. reality_check

1:07am Fri 29 Oct 10

Jock Strop says...

On these forums we have Tony Hillier
Self awarded title of community poet and no one sillier.

No one would mind if his poems made sense -but they don't and they're incredibly dense.

To get back on topic and to continue the poetic theme which may not be good but eons better than Hillier -Vulcan, veteran lady of the skies - all stand in awe when she flies. Engines roar with power and thrust throwing up piles of runway dust. A relic of a byegone age, a picture on a tattered page. Find the funds so she can fly - this breathtaking sight against the sky. Save her from becoming another Concorde, give what funds you can afford.
On these forums we have Tony Hillier Self awarded title of community poet and no one sillier. No one would mind if his poems made sense -but they don't and they're incredibly dense. To get back on topic and to continue the poetic theme which may not be good but eons better than Hillier -Vulcan, veteran lady of the skies - all stand in awe when she flies. Engines roar with power and thrust throwing up piles of runway dust. A relic of a byegone age, a picture on a tattered page. Find the funds so she can fly - this breathtaking sight against the sky. Save her from becoming another Concorde, give what funds you can afford. Jock Strop

1:13am Fri 29 Oct 10

Jock Strop says...

cfa wrote:
Jock Strop wrote: more tosh from hillier
Alright Jockster, how you doing?
Charlie Foxtrot Alpha Y I Y I bonny lad, I'm canny! STFC are ploughing a furrow towards league 2 as you've probably noted - just been to a sporting dinner at the CG - Phil Thompson guest speaker - not bad but the comedian was better!
[quote][p][bold]cfa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jock Strop[/bold] wrote: more tosh from hillier[/p][/quote]Alright Jockster, how you doing?[/p][/quote]Charlie Foxtrot Alpha Y I Y I bonny lad, I'm canny! STFC are ploughing a furrow towards league 2 as you've probably noted - just been to a sporting dinner at the CG - Phil Thompson guest speaker - not bad but the comedian was better! Jock Strop

4:56pm Fri 29 Oct 10

itsamess says...

A remarkable plane--what happened to the other "V" bombers?
A remarkable plane--what happened to the other "V" bombers? itsamess

7:20pm Fri 29 Oct 10

Robfm says...

itsamess probably scrapped under a Labour edict. They did it to the TSR2 in the 60's the most advanced fighter plane at the time and it is said, by my father in law who worked on it, superior to the Tornado.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=GXdJxjvQZ
W4
itsamess probably scrapped under a Labour edict. They did it to the TSR2 in the 60's the most advanced fighter plane at the time and it is said, by my father in law who worked on it, superior to the Tornado. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=GXdJxjvQZ W4 Robfm

1:16am Sat 30 Oct 10

itsamess says...

Bob
The Tsr2 was actually a bomber designed for low level bombing with the new breed of tactical nuclear weapons. Unfortunately the science to produce the compact nuclear bombs was behind. The political masters felt the plane had insufficient capability to carry enough standard bombs to be of great use. Fighter versions were planned but not proceeded with. There were many great planes around that time which were also short lived. The Tornado it is claimed was already outdated when it went into production as the way wars are conducted have changed--besides the fact the yanks do most of the bombing as the brits are more selective in targets. The future?
Bob The Tsr2 was actually a bomber designed for low level bombing with the new breed of tactical nuclear weapons. Unfortunately the science to produce the compact nuclear bombs was behind. The political masters felt the plane had insufficient capability to carry enough standard bombs to be of great use. Fighter versions were planned but not proceeded with. There were many great planes around that time which were also short lived. The Tornado it is claimed was already outdated when it went into production as the way wars are conducted have changed--besides the fact the yanks do most of the bombing as the brits are more selective in targets. The future? itsamess

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