Avro Vulcan B2 XH558 (the Spirit of Great Britain), RIAT 2012

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    Avro Vulcan XH558 (civil aircraft registration G-VLCN) The Spirit Of Great Britain is the only airworthy example of the 134 Avro Vulcan V bombers that were operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984. Vulcan XH558 served with the RAF between 1960 and 1985 in the bomber, maritime reconnaissance and air-to-air refuelling roles. The RAF operated XH558 as a display aircraft from 1986 until 1992, when budget cuts forced its retirement.
    It is presently operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust as a display aircraft, funded entirely by charitable donations and the UK Lottery's Heritage Fund. It is registered with the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority as G-VLCN but has an exemption to fly in Royal Air Force markings as XH558.

    ANDY GALLEN and Ace_Existance added this photo to their favorites.

    1. steff808 32 months ago | reply

      Great angle !

    2. Mr T' 32 months ago | reply

      Thanks for your comms and faves Steff and Andy.

    3. Pervez 183A 30 months ago | reply

      will always be the show stealer !!!!!!!!

    4. Kirkleyjohn 30 months ago | reply

      And what a great photo of this very special aircraft. How marvellous that a way has been found to keep her flying.

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