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Vulcan XH558 - Any News RE Trials & First Flight?  
User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 8667 times:

As a keen Vulcan fan I have been watching the progress in getting XH558 back into the air again.

The last I heard (about 3-4 weeks ago) were they were refitting the engines.

I have looked at the 'Vulcams' on the Vulcan to the Sky website but they give nothing away, and there is no recent news on there either.

I know it is planned for the aircraft to lead the flypast over Buckingham Palace in June, commemorating 25 years since the Falklands, and then it is scheduled to appear at the Waddington and RIAT airshows.

Does anybody have some inside info with regard to when they will start taxiing trials, and then when the first test flights are scheduled for?


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User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

That'll be a NO then!!! - oh well. It seems that the finishing touches to XH558 are about as secret as a black project!!

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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13606 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8514 times:

As a once contributor to the fund, I get regular updates, nothing to report recently.
I delayed answering in the hope that something would come through to make a contribution to this thread worthwhile, maybe it will yet, Easter bank holiday lack of post and all that.

User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 8261 times:

I looked on www.tvoc.co.uk yesterday (19th April) and can report that the first engine has been re-installed (No.3) and the team are working full pace to get XH558 back in the air.

There are some great photos on the website of the engine being winched into place, along with many others of the restoration project. There is also an opportunity to donate towards the restoration and buy XH558 and other Vulcan merchandise.

They are still optimistic that they can make the 17th June flypast over Buckingham Palace, but state that even if they don't XH558 will be ready early on this airshow season so it sounds as though there'll be plenty of chances to see and hear her!!!  Smile

I am sure I speak for all on a.net when I say a big thank you to all of the team for working so tirelessly and I wish them the best of luck in getting XH558 back up where she belongs.


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User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 8251 times:

I have herd that the Vulcan may be having its 1st test flight late in may, If and when she does get Airbourne I wish the Crews lots of Luck.

User currently offlineFlipdewaf From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 1812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 8225 times:
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i want to hear those engines fire up again, last time i heard them i was 5 miles away and it was still an awesome sound from that far away.


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1658 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7865 times:

I hope to see the Vulcan fly at the Yorkshire airshow in August.

I have only seen them in museums.

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User currently offlineA380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

Just thought I'd let everybody know that the team at Bruntingthorpe have just lowered Xh558 back onto her own undercarriage.

Sadly it looks highly unlikely that she'll be ready for the June flypast over Buckingham Palace, but it shouldn't be too long now until they fire up those Bristol Olympuses once again.

I believe the plan is still to attend the Waddington and RIAT airshows - I can't wait!!!!  Smile

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