SK9965 : Vulcan XH558 arriving at Waddington

taken 4 years ago, near to Waddington, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Vulcan XH558 arriving at Waddington
Vulcan XH558 arriving at Waddington
The air brakes can be seen on the wing. The Vulcan lands nose up to help provide aerodynamic braking.
Vulcan XH558
Restored to airworthy condition by the LinkExternal link organisation, Avro Vulcan XH558 was built in 1960 and retired from display flying for the RAF in 1993. In the 1960s, these planes were to carry the UK's nuclear deterrent (had it ever been necessary) until that task fell to the Polaris submariners. They were used for long range conventional bombing missions during the Falklands conflict in 1982, and then retired from active service. This plane was restored to flying between 2005 and 2007 by the charity linked above.

Sadly, 2015 is to be her last flying display season. A variety of factors have led to this situation - XH558 now has more flying hours under her belt than any other Vulcan ever did, so whilst still perfectly airworthy for the foreseeable future, it's now getting harder to know where to look for potential problems; spare parts are increasingly difficult to source, and last but not least, engineers with real, hands-on experience of the aircraft in RAF service are almost all retired or departed this life. As a result, the Technical Authorities (essentially the three businesses that maintain the aeroplane) have decided not to continue to keep her flying beyond 2015. Under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, she must therefore be evermore grounded.

Before that, she will finish the 2015 airshows & display season, and has performed a two-day, round-the-country tour ('Salute to the V-Force') of the locations where the remaining V-Force airframes & planes are on display in a variety of museums and exhibitions - this event took place over the weekend of 27th & 28th June 2015.
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Julian P Guffogg   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 5 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 21 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Air transport 
Place (from Tags)
RAF Waddington 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9922 6549 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:10.6365N 0:31.0143W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 9911 6579
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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