The AVRO Vulcan was one of the three strategic V-bombers designed
after the second World war and capable of dropping nuclear bombs. The first
prototype made its first flight in 1952 and a total of 134 aircraft were
built for the RAF. The Vulcan was used during the Falklands war where they
conducted several long-range bomber missions.
Vulcan XH558 was retired from RAF service in 1993, after a
career of 33 years. Her final flight was on 23rd March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe
Aerodrome in Leicestershire. During the late nineties the Vulcan to the
Sky team started the restoration of this magnificent aircraft to get her
back to the place where she belongs, the sky! With the help of thousands
of contributors who helped funding this extraordinary project, she took
to the skies for the first time on the 18th October 2007. During the following
years, thousands of people could enjoy the unique sights and sound of this
British design at the many airshows visited by the Vulcan.
One of the airshows the Vulcan performed at, was the 2011
Abingdon Air and Country Show. After her air display we had the honor to
have the Vulcan flying behind the Skyvan on her way back to the airfield
she operated from. The weather was excellent and the Vulcan pilots really
did their best to show all sides of the aircraft to the photographers. What
a unique sight to see the Vulcan up close, flying over the lovely English
countryside. This was one of the most remarkable photoflights we did and
the results are just stunning.
Hereby we would like to thank our Skyvan pilot, Tony De
Bruyn and Dr. Robert Pleming, chief pilot Martin Withers and the whole
Vulcan crew who made this unique photoflight possible.
To keep the Vulcan flying, a significant raise of funds is necessary,
so please keep supporting this project by donating to the Vulcan to the
Sky trust via www.vulcantothesky.org!
Video footage of this incredible flight can be found here, kindly provided
by Planes TV:
More images of the Vulcan and the story behind the photoshoot
can be found in our book