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#151 mfd

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:11

XH558 link to funding press release

I find it sad that they post a press release and fail to check the appearance on the web.


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#152 Lifew12

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 12:39

I know that quite a few TNFrs folow the aircraft preservation scene and many will know that the Avro Vulcan, XH558, is facing another winter of crisis.

Following her display at the Coventry Fly-In last Sunday, 26th September, the Vulcan is now back at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire. A press release has been issued and there has been a good deal of coverage in the general media as to whether or not this will have been her last flying appearance. The Vulcan to the Sky Trust is aiming to raise £400,000 to kee the aircraft flying into at least 2012 - the type's 60th anniversary - in which it is intended to take part in the opening ceremony for the Olympics. The link below gives details.

XH558 link to funding press release


Don't know it you'r a member, Pullman, but this snippet sent in the last newsletter to those of us that are (members of the Trust) might shed some light on the current flurry of news items:

"As mentioned in earlier updates on our main Web Site, our current Cash Reserves run out next month.

As part of our 2010 initiatives, we have now contracted a professional PR company to follow up the large advertsing campaign that has been running through the summer.

They are convinced they can grab the headlines & bring us even more supporters. They want to sell "doom & gloom" stressing how important our aircraft is to the Nation's heritage. and frankly, this grabs headlines - so they are almost certainly on the right track (PLUS they have some really useful contacts and might just get us national coverage!) Certainly, when the Mail on Sunday ran the story last time around then that's when our fortunes turned for the better.

It is the aim of these newsletters to give you the latest “inside track” on what we are trying to achieve and the progress we are making. Some very exciting developments are in planning, but that does not alleviate the impending need for cash.

You, our core supporter base, will play a very pivotal role in our ultimate success.

So, don't be too surprised if you see some 'doom & gloom' reports over the coming week. In fact, if you do, then be very excited because it would mean the PR company was right & has some very useful contacts! It will also mean even more supporters coming our way ..."

Let's keep the old girl flying.

#153 Lee Nicolle

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Posted 28 September 2010 - 22:12

The biggest problem it seems with this type of aircraft is that it costs huge ammounts of money to keep them flying, otherwise they become museum pieces [if lucky]
Compared with second WW planes that will still be flying in 50 years time for a very small percentage of the operating costs.And maybe we can save the world crisis by an international arms reduction by having no more than a 4 piston engined aluminium military aircraft. And no nukes!!
Sad but true, I hope you can find some funds to keep it operating as it is nostalgia now

#154 Mallory Dan

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 15:36

Did I hear something over last weekend to the effect that they've raised the cash to keep it flying for a while longer?

#155 Odseybod

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 16:00

Did I hear something over last weekend to the effect that they've raised the cash to keep it flying for a while longer?


Not so good. See

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#156 tyrrellp346wheels

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 18:22

The Vulcan trust has reached its target of £400,000 in its latest appeal according to the trusts facebook page. :clap:

#157 Odseybod

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 21:41

The Vulcan trust has reached its target of £400,000 in its latest appeal according to the trusts facebook page. :clap:


And those who contributed will have received a nice 'thank you' mailing, with some interesting Christmas gift ideas.

#158 Tony Matthews

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 23:18

I got an e-mail with an attachment that won't open!

#159 Odseybod

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 11:09

I got an e-mail with an attachment that won't open!


Odd. Mrs Odseybod and I each contributed, but separately. Mrs O had her acknowledgement and gift ideas thingy in the post on Friday, I'm still awaiting mine (so naturally, she assumes I'm a cheapskate who didn't actually contribute, despite claiming I had).

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#160 T54

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 00:46

This call for funds failed...

CLICK HERE...

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#161 Mistron

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:22

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item19c145f92b

what a christmas present!

#162 kayemod

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 13:29

http://cgi.ebay.co.u...=item19c145f92b

what a christmas present!


Quite an expensive way of blowing the wax out of the lucky winner's ears.


#163 elansprint72

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 11:00

I just popped over to Woodford to see if any of the Nimrods were still down by the flight sheds but they have been tugged over to the factory, out of sight of their owners- i.e. you and me, prior to their being cut up (the aircraft that is; the owners are already feeling cut up!).

The airfield is due to close and turn into a housing development, no doubt Bae Systems will make more profit from this than from building aircraft. I can't find any info on what will happen to the big white bird, which has not moved for some time. Perhaps it will finish up in a pub garden (unlike the Blackpool one, sold on e-Bay to a Manchester landlord but then chopped up when he could not complete the deal). With the closure of the site, a chapter in aviation history also closes.

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#164 Odseybod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 10:43

In a cunning plot to bump this thread up a little, a pic of the Vulcan arriving at the Bruntingthorpe 'Cold War Jets' gathering on Saturday ...

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... and in company with a flyer from the other side of the Curtain, as well as some of the local residents.

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Current projection is that the Vulcan has enough funding to keep her flying until about mid-July - after that, who knows? More details at www.vulcantothesky.org





#165 bradbury west

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 11:14

Tatra, Tony?
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#166 Odseybod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:35

Tatra, Tony?
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Correct, Roger - 613 to be precise (not be confused with the squardon of that number, of course :) ).



#167 Allan Lupton

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 13:40

The Victor is rather more interesting than the Tatra IMO. Not a Valiant in sight one assumes, as, of the "V-Bombers", they were scrapped first and very early by anyone's standards.

#168 kayemod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 13:49

The Victor is rather more interesting than the Tatra IMO.


Victors were still in service as flying tankers not all that long ago, is that one still flyable? Probably not, as it would have been seen at displays.


#169 mfd

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 15:01

Not a Valiant in sight one assumes, as, of the "V-Bombers", they were scrapped first and very early by anyone's standards.


"Corrosion traced to the use of an inappropriate type of aluminium alloy", less than years into its service life caused Valiant to be scrapped in 1965.
The Victor retired in 1993 but there's a couple that can do fast taxi runs but not licenced to fly. This one got very close last year & caused a lot of embarrassment.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 15:07

In a cunning plot to bump this thread up a little, a pic of the Vulcan arriving at the Bruntingthorpe 'Cold War Jets' gathering on Saturday ...

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... and in company with a flyer from the other side of the Curtain, as well as some of the local residents.

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Current projection is that the Vulcan has enough funding to keep her flying until about mid-July - after that, who knows? More details at www.vulcantothesky.org



I saw it taking off and wondered which show it was going to. It is now based at Robin Hood Airport - Doncaster which was the ex RAF Finningley site where they were stationed into the early 70's.
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#171 mfd

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 15:56

I saw it taking off and wondered which show it was going to. It is now based at Robin Hood Airport - Doncaster which was the ex RAF Finningley site where they were stationed into the early 70's.
Tom Bradley

Why not delete the photos from your post...please :wave:

#172 Odseybod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 17:13

The Victor is rather more interesting than the Tatra IMO. Not a Valiant in sight one assumes, as, of the "V-Bombers", they were scrapped first and very early by anyone's standards.


But I'm not sure that a rear-mounted dohc 4.3 litre air-cooled V8 and Vignale styling makes it THAT uninteresting, Allan (referring to the Tatra, of course).

#173 Odseybod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 17:14

I saw it taking off and wondered which show it was going to. It is now based at Robin Hood Airport - Doncaster which was the ex RAF Finningley site where they were stationed into the early 70's.
Tom Bradley


It displayed at Southend on its way to Bruntingthorpe, where it arrived early - some kind of first, Shirley?

#174 Allan Lupton

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 17:39

But I'm not sure that a rear-mounted dohc 4.3 litre air-cooled V8 and Vignale styling makes it THAT uninteresting, Allan (referring to the Tatra, of course).

Well, no, and I had a soft spot for the T87 as a sort of Volkswagen for grown-ups, but as a former aeroplane professional whose current navigator worked for Page's when the Victor was designed/produced it was nice to see one in the photo.

#175 Odseybod

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 17:47

Well, no, and I had a soft spot for the T87 as a sort of Volkswagen for grown-ups, but as a former aeroplane professional whose current navigator worked for Page's when the Victor was designed/produced it was nice to see one in the photo.


Don't forget that the Volkswagen owed a lot to Tatra designer Ledwinka! But yes, some of us feel that the versatility and design of the Victor make it at least as interesting as the Vulcan, so even more of a shame that it hasn't flown recently (at least, officially).

#176 Pullman99

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 06:14

Victors were still in service as flying tankers not all that long ago, is that one still flyable? Probably not, as it would have been seen at displays.


It tried two years ago! Maybe it felt jealous of its cousin's exploits?

Pic of "nearly" flight


#177 oldclassiccar

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 16:14

In a cunning plot to bump this thread up a little, a pic of the Vulcan arriving at the Bruntingthorpe 'Cold War Jets' gathering on Saturday ...
...


Looks like I was stood a few paces to your right on Saturday, my photos from the arrivals day here: Cold War Jets

This was the first time I'd seen the restored Vulcan in the air close-up, what a fantastic sight :love:

RJ


#178 Mark A

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 20:29

A few pictures from Bruntingthorpe on Sunday.
http://www.flickr.co...57626710861607/

#179 Pullman99

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 06:05

As many who frequent this Forum will know, XH558 has had a somewhat controversial and ongoing series of funding crises. The latest news is, however, encouraging as the Trust has announced yesterday that it has now passed the £200,000 mark on its way to a target of £350,000 by the 31st July.

Hopefully this ongoing appeal will be successful but, like many other transport preservation projects, funding will remain critical.

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#180 Twin Window

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 23:35

As children, my brother and I were sometimes treated by our parents to fish & chips whilst sat in the car at the end of a runway by the chippy at Hatfield, near Doncaster, before or after visiting our Rotherham-based Grandparents. Watching the Vulcans (and Victors) take-off and land was simply memorising as a kid - as it still is today, I'm sure!

So when, three weeks or so ago, I was stunned by a familiar sound from above [whilst driving my Wolseley!] I promptly pulled-up and - to my delight - saw the Vulcan banking a few miles away. And then again, but missed it the third time due to having moved-on and my subsequent view being denied by a large church.

Later that day I received an email from my brother, who lives roughly in the direction I saw the Vulcan pass over...

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Jealous, moi?! :mad: Hahaha - what a great photo to have been able to capture right by your house!

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 20:38

As children, my brother and I were sometimes treated by our parents to fish & chips whilst sat in the car at the end of a runway by the chippy at Hatfield, near Doncaster, before or after visiting our Rotherham-based Grandparents. Watching the Vulcans (and Victors) take-off and land was simply memorising as a kid - as it still is today, I'm sure!

So when, three weeks or so ago, I was stunned by a familiar sound from above [whilst driving my Wolseley!] I promptly pulled-up and - to my delight - saw the Vulcan banking a few miles away. And then again, but missed it the third time due to having moved-on and my subsequent view being denied by a large church.

Later that day I received an email from my brother, who lives roughly in the direction I saw the Vulcan pass over...

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Jealous, moi?! :mad: Hahaha - what a great photo to have been able to capture right by your house!


Twinny,
Thank goodness it had not been carrying the 'load' that it would have carried in the 70's. The doors were open so one would surmise that the load had been dropped.
Tom Bradley - Bawtry.

#182 ronmac

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 00:38

:wave: THANK.YOU Elan ,Odsey and Twin Window for the great pics.. I remember a Vulcan flying overhead when our family lived in Ashburton,
New Zealand..I believe that was the one that crashed on returning to the U.K.
On post 164..can someone explain the gear on top of the aircraft..Is that some sort of air brake ??

#183 Allan Lupton

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 08:47

:wave: THANK.YOU Elan ,Odsey and Twin Window for the great pics.. I remember a Vulcan flying overhead when our family lived in Ashburton,
New Zealand..I believe that was the one that crashed on returning to the U.K.
On post 164..can someone explain the gear on top of the aircraft..Is that some sort of air brake ??

Last first, yes it's an airbrake.
Are you referring to the 1956 round-the-world tour by aircraft XA897, the first Vulcan delivered to the RAF?
That Vulcan crashed at Heathrow on its return having struck the ground short of the runway in poor visibility, regained the air as power was applied but had sustained damage in the impact so the pilot and acting co-pilot (Harry Broadhurst, Commander in Chief of RAF Bomber Command) ejected and the other crew members (having no ejection seats) were killed in the subsequent impact.


#184 ronmac

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 12:29

): Thank you Allan for the information..Yes we were impressed to see the vulcan in New Zealand,,
But were sad to hear about the accident,,when it happened..

#185 Red Socks

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 13:57

Flying at Yeovilton airday as I write


#186 PhilG

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Posted 09 July 2011 - 22:38

I was lucky enough to catch the Old Bird doing a filming day over Pitsford reservoir a few months back, got 11 fly by's in just over an hour and a half, and not much work done, and last sunday while commentating at a bike meeting , we got another one , straight down the A43 south of northampton, was cool to point it out.. sod the racing

#187 vekspeed

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 09:10

She was at Goodwood FoS last weekend, sounding glorious!

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#188 eurocardoc

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Posted 10 July 2011 - 11:10

Thanks to all who post updates and photos here. Amazing how evocative certain planes can be. Even the pictures give me shivers, just like the BoB, or an SR71. Luckily I do see a few B2 and Harriers to keep me going, the P51s are rather de-rigeur other than the exhaust note. I'll get me 'at.

#189 Red Socks

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 13:02

Just a heads up that Vulcan left Yeovilton at 1.45 pm local -on its way home one assumes.If you are en route keep a look up.

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 19:09

Just a heads up that Vulcan left Yeovilton at 1.45 pm local -on its way home one assumes.If you are en route keep a look up.


Landed at Fairford for International Air Tattoo this weekend. Weather forecast is not all that good.


#191 Tony Matthews

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 19:22

Bugger! Just realised that's where I'm going...

#192 Mistron

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 20:09

We had a boys day out to East fortune today, so here's a couple of snaps of the Vulcan there.
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I think young Robin needs more time on this:
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to prevent a recurence of this little incident on the other simulator:

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#193 Tony Matthews

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 20:56

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A cow at 10,000 feet! Not what you expect to find... Although it explains the mess on my windscreen.

#194 Catalina Park

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 08:52

A cow at 10,000 feet! Not what you expect to find... Although it explains the mess on my windscreen.

The captain always says it was turbulence but you don't get a jolt like that without hitting something big like a cow.


#195 kayemod

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 14:25

A cow at 10,000 feet! Not what you expect to find... Although it explains the mess on my windscreen.


You can always fly udderneath...


#196 Odseybod

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 14:54

You can always fly udderneath...


Quite easy if she was on her way to fly over the moon ...

#197 elansprint72

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 16:39

You folks are really milking those puns.

#198 Manfred Cubenoggin

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 10:52

...not to mention this hazard...



#199 David Lawson

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 18:09

There was a brief piece about the Vulcan in the new series "Britain's Hidden Heritage" on BBC1 last night. I'm sure it will be on iPlayer.

David

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#200 Tony Matthews

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 22:11

There was a brief piece about the Vulcan in the new series "Britain's Hidden Heritage" on BBC1 last night. I'm sure it will be on iPlayer.

I may have been just common-or-garden mistaken, but I feel I was mislead into thinking our chubby hero (insert name here) was going up in the Vulcan. My wife and I both gave a groan when it transpired that he was not going to. However, the air-to-air shots were mostly stunning, if you love the Vulcan any footage is worth watching, and there were angles that I had not seen before.