A special event will be held at Bruntingthorpe, Leics, on Saturday 24th March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Vulcan XH558’s final RAF flight.
In March 1993, one of the most popular of all RAF aircraft types made her final flight into retirement, joining the collection of Cold War jets at Bruntingthorpe. Saved from an uncertain fate and possibly the scrapman by the Walton family who own the ex-USAF airfield, it would be another 14 years later, after many technical and financial challenges, that XH558 would once again return to the air. To mark this last RAF flight and the aircraft’s long association with Bruntingthorpe, a special event has been organised in the hangar where the restoration project took place.
Members of the RAF fight crew that flew her in that day will be present, alongside important figures involved in her subsequent life such as David Walton and Robert Pleming, who led the return-to-flight project team. Attendees will hear accounts from those involved with the aircraft as well as enjoy a VIP guided bus tour of the airfield – ahead of two presentations by invited guests. Although XH558 herself can’t be there, the hangar will house her fellow V-Force aircraft type – Handley Page Victor XM715 ‘Teasin’ Tina’. Tickets priced at £25 are available at www.tinyurl.com/XH558Events