RAF Vulcan bomber in flight

The owners of Britain’s last airworthy Vulcan bomber have raised enough money to keep the plane serviced.

XH558 flew for the last time in 2015 but even after it was grounded, around 1000 people a month continued to visit the Vulcan at its hangar at Doncaster Sheffield airport.

The 'Vulcan To The Sky Trust' said it was being provided with the storage for free until the end of April but needed to raise £200,000 to keep the bomber maintained for the rest of this year.

XH558 was built in 1960 and entered service with the RAF in the role of carrying Britain's nuclear weapons into the heart of the Soviet Union. It was the last Vulcan to fly as an RAF aircraft in 1992 and was brought back into service in 2008.

 

XH558 lost its permit to fly at the end of October 2015 after the engineering firms which helped keep it airworthy said they were no longer able to provide the skills to ensure safety. The trust, which restored the aircraft have been developing a plan for a visitor attraction around the Vulcan, including periodically opening up its powerful engines on short taxi runs around the airport.

The Chief Executive of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, Robert Pleming, says his team will concentrate on plans to build a new home for XH558, so the public can see her again.