The Vulcan: a living tribute

ROGER Crouch, Kerry Stevens and Sol Buckner in your letters page (Observer, June 21) summed up the response of many of those who saw and heard this iconic aircraft.

The Vulcan is a living tribute to the British engineering tradition and to the perseverance of those who saved the aircraft and restored it to flying condition.

Many of those enjoying the display would be unaware that, unlike the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Vulcan is not operated by the Royal Air Force.

Although painted in RAF colours and showing the serial number XH558 it is registered as a Civil Aircraft (G-VCLN). It has been restored and maintained since the late 1990s by the charity Vulcan To the Sky Trust (

Funding is by corporate sponsorship and public donations and purchases from the webstore which sells a vast selection of Vulcan related products.

I would urge any reader who wishes to see the Vulcan fly after the 2013 display season to visit the website and see if they can help this aim in any way.

My interest in this is due to my involvement as a ground engineer with Vulcans in the years 1950-70 while serving in the RAF. I still get the same sense of awe as I did at RAF Waddington on my first encounter with this beautiful, powerful machine that did so much to deter the USSR from attacking Britain, and its Allies during the Cold War.


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