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Vulcan XH558 60th Anniversary Tour

Chris Colclough
Chris Colclough

Written by Chris G1VDP

As most of you know Chris and Charles are also aircraft enthusiasts, and Chris is especially a lover of old vintage military aircraft like The Vulcan. And this coming Saturday 29th September 2012 there is a special 60th Anniversary flight of the only remaing flying Vulcan in the UK. Below is the full info,

Taken from XH558 News Letter - see website for full info

This Saturday afternoon 29th September, providing weather conditions and aircraft serviceability allow, XH558 will take off on a 3-hour sortie to commemorate Sixty Glorious Years of the Avro Vulcan as she makes a tour of various airports near to sites that played a significant part in their development or service life.DSC 4047

We can only give approximate route timings from one point to another at this stage, as an exact take-off time will be subject to conditions on the day. Clearance from the relevant ATC units cannot be guaranteed until the aircraft is in the air talking to them, and will then be based on their own traffic movements at the time.

Our experienced Navigator, Andy Marson, has spent today talking to all the units concerned to give them an initial briefing and to seek approvals. The proposed flight plan will take into account feedback obtained today, but we have to remain flexible, as the final flight plan may well have to change on the day.

Although we hope to be able to tell you more on Friday, information on how the sortie is progressing will be made DSC 4122available on our official Twitter feed, providing actual route and expected timings. If you wish to see XH558 on Saturday, our advice at this stage is please plan to be near one of the listed locations from about 3pm watching our Twitter feed on your mobile.

Follow our Twitter feed online here, or follow us from your mobile device if you are out and about at one of the locations. Our hash tag ID is simply: #XH558

We would stress that to comply with the conditions under which we operate, this flight will consist purely of approaches and fly-pasts - no displays are planned.

Approximate timings to be confirmed on Friday with actual route times via our official Twitter feed.

Route markers: (Refer to map which will be refined by Friday).

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1. Doncaster
- Bitteswell
2. Coventry Airport
3. Birmingham Airport
4. RAF Cosford
5. Gloucester (Staverton)
- Cheltenham
6. Filton
7. Cardiff Airport
8. St. Athan
9. Ross-on-Wye (Memorial)
10. RAF Halton

Return to Doncaster.