This thread ran on PPrune for some time. Even the ex-Vulcan groundcrew were saying it was a bugger to keep these things in the air when they were on the 1033 , never mind in civvy ownership. We're not talking about a Shacklebomber here
As for hulk insurance, she isn't flying yet so what are the increased costs?
I was at RAF Catterick when the last one was flown in to be used for firefighting practice. A sad end for a magnificent aircraft. Some bits were salvaged (one of the FS got the nav's chair; my Sgt got the inflight bog (a rubber funnel/bladder arrangement), which was made into a bar sign as 'The Flying P1sspot'.
If she was due to test fkly she'd need insured, and the previous system was cheaper... I'm not positive, just heard a load at the end of last year about the issue potentially grounding many historic aircraft.
I'm supprised 'Thunder City' in S.Africa have'nt got in on it.They have the only flying Lightning's,Hunters & Buccaneers that can be flown like they used to. (Will Young shot his 'Top Gun' Spoof pop vid there)
Anyone want to bet if the money was needed to maintain a Mosque the government would find it out of our taxes no problems , or yet more to pour down the drain of the third world? Part of our heritage and history , no chance
Which Mosque would that be Old Timer? It would have to be a b*****d big Mosque to get the same money the Vulcan needs to keep it flying and maintained. Perhaps the leader of the BNP could do a PPB in front of one, making the comparison , that would shoot his campaign in the head , no dramas.
The Government fund the BoB flight , so that's aviation heritage getting funded right there. Why should the Government fund privately owned Aircraft that could just as easily end up (God forbid) in a smoking hole somewhere?
As much loved as the tin triangle is , it's only offensive claim to fame is flying a rather long way to miss Port Stanley's runway.
It would be nice to see one in the air , but I'd rather see a Halifax , Stirling or Whitley . For the money getting spent on putting this aeroplane back in the air , you could probably restore the Halibag in the RAF museum.
Then get the airworthy Shackleton back from across the pond? Possibly look at the Beverley if it hasn't been bulldozed?
Personally , I'd like to see God's own Fighter the Lightning (Should have been called Spitfire II) back in the air , or the Buccaneer , or even the ultimate dream , the TSR 2 rolling again under it's own power.
A Buccaneer will be airborne courtesy of HS Aviation before too long, I believe...
I imagine that some cynicism will be expressed on Pprune about this 'the end is nigh [unless you give us more cash]' announcement, since these seem to have appeared with considerable frequency. Prepare for the Daily Mail story 'Yanks to buy Vulcan bomber shame for Blair' type story (which appears after every appeal for pots of cash for XH58.
They are flying already at Thunder City but what's stopping them from flying over here in the UK is,I believe,something to do with the CAA not granting them flight status as they are still classed as combat aircraft.
I am also cynical , and I've seen numerous acrimonious exchanges on PPrune between those in the know , and those in the know on this issue.
I look forward to the inevitable "Vulcan to go to Yanks / South Africa / Arab Princeling" that will appear in the Mail or Express this week.
This project has had a large amount of funding. I doubt the Wellsbourne Vulcan has had a fraction of this sort of money , but the volunteers got in , and cleaned her up in the early days (including me) and now as far as I'm aware , she still does power taxies and fast runs (nose wheel up , oh the temptation) on certain occasions.
How long can the Vulcan be kept in the air after she passes her CoA? Where is the running funding coming from?