XH558 Last Airshow?

#1
If already mentioned, apologies.

Was talkiing with some RAFA types today at Shoreham. They mentoned last week's flights at the Shoreham Airshow were probably the last for the Vulcan. Apparently the CAA is pulling their airworthiness certificate or some such.

Pity if it's true. She followed the TA air support squadron from 4 Hangar to 1 Hangar at RAF Waddington way back when. Amazing aircaft to watch in flight.
 

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#2
It would be a huge pity if she was to be parked up! I remeber as a mere lad watching them in awe take off from Scampton (wipes nostalgic tear from eye).......
 
#3
Their website still has RAF Leuchars for next week, but interestingly nothing after that for the rest of the year. There's nothing in the News section

Is she undergoing a major service?

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#4
There is a piece in the IMechE magazine about a new engineering teching centre called Ve3 which will have the Vulcan as a centrepiece in 'ground running condition' so looks like this is a plan for the not too distant future.

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#5
Well she's displaying today and they've just launched a "Vulcan Spotter" iPhone app.

So has anyone informed VTTS?


Edit:- Still down to fly next season but probably grounded after that. Although, that said. I've heard that before.
 
#9
ISTR there was another taxying Vulcan at Wellesbourne?
There's actually two in "fast taxi" trim. Or were until quite recently.

Issue appears to be the fact they trashed a couple of relatively low hour engines this year.
 
#10
Wrong:
XH588 displaying at Southport Airhow this weekend, I read in some aircraft magazine next year would be its last as it will a major inspection and certain large and expensive components changed.
 
#12
It was at Doncaster Robin Hood the other week. Me and the pilot were on approach for landing and were told to wait as the Vulcan had gone tits up on approach too, and then it lost all power on the runway after touching down. We landed and saw the Vulcan being towed to its stand.

Was an awesome sight up close when I had a walk over from the Cessna I was in to it parked up.
 
#13
Saw her flying over Marham today, great sight. She requires a major airframe modification in 2013 to ensure compliance with CAA and Airworthieness requirements. This will cost a fortune and the vulcan trust have drawn up the plans for when she cant fly anymore. I hope she will continue to fly and have actually volunteered to help with the mod.
 
#14
Vulcan xh588 has its own iPhone app which is great gives you all the news as it happens and even alerts you to major events . Check it out all proceeds go towards renovation of this majestic plane .
Appols this app has already been mention in this thread .

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#16
Just spoke to a relative of mine who is on the board or something...

Despite needed engines and god knows what else, XH558 will be flying for at least one more year. Then she needs another inspection. Apparently Rolls Royce keep a supply of hte engines, even though they are no longer produced, she blew two last year apparently.
 
#17
Can't they fly around in something a bit less ambitious? The costs of keeping her up must be eye watering.
A Chipmunk might be more apt in today's climate.
 
#18
Saw it yesterday at Duxford. They never said anything about that, but did mention it costs about £1m a year to keep it in the air.

They're still taking donations and mentioned they'd see it next year.
 
#20
Just spoke to a relative of mine who is on the board or something...

Despite needed engines and god knows what else, XH558 will be flying for at least one more year. Then she needs another inspection. Apparently Rolls Royce keep a supply of hte engines, even though they are no longer produced, she blew two last year apparently.
I did read that it was due a major airframe inspection, including the attachment assemblies for the fin to fuselage needing dis-assembly and NDT examination. The previous cert for the fin attachments was qualified by the inspection and NDT examination of an aircraft with similar hours. This cert will require full dis-assembly and the costs are enormous.

The engines failed earlier this year on take off, simply because a groundcrew member removed the engine intake blanks and left them in the intake, the engines which were of very low operating hours ate the blanks and self destructed.

The Groundcrew guy was reportedly suicidal.
 

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