The Vulcan to the Sky Trust has reported that Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council has granted planning permission for a new heritage hangar for Vulcan XH558 at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in South Yorkshire, England.
As previously reported, the plan calls for a new hangar to be constructed on the site of a former sewage treatment works that would serve as a science museum housing aircraft from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust collection, which includes Vulcan XH558 and English Electric Canberra WK163 as well as Supermarine Swift F.4 WK275, which is currently on loan from a private owner.
It is said that the Vulcan would serve as more than a mere museum piece, performing powered taxi runs for the public. The Trust is also looking to restore the Canberra, which set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft in 1957, to airworthy condition.
In addition to the aircraft and a direct existing taxiway to the airport’s runway, the attraction would include a shop, cafe, bar, education, conference, office, kitchen and aircraft maintenance areas.
Additional details on the recent development will reportedly be released shortly. Click below to check out the full announcement as well as renderings of the proposed hangar.
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Following a highly successful public appeal, Vulcan to the Sky Trust will reportedly remove Avro Vulcan XH558 from “hibernation” at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and begin annual servicing in preparation for a series of public engine demonstrations this summer.
Teams led by XH558’s crew chief, Kevin Stone, plan to return the aircraft to ground running condition over the next six weeks, with the hope of performing a full systems check by mid-June. Local volunteers will also be supervised and trained to assist with ground handling for the upcoming events. [click to continue…]
The future of Avro Vulcan XH558 appears to be more secure following an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign which raised £200,000 in a mere eight weeks.
As previously reported, The Vulcan to the Sky Trust recently placed XH558 into storage at Doncaster Sheffield Airport after their hangar lease expired. The inability to provide public tours contributed to a “funding crisis” that saw drastic cuts to the charity’s workforce.
As a result, the Trust launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at constructing a purpose-built hangar and visitor center for the Vulcan at Doncaster. According to Trust representative Robert Pleming, the appeal reached its goal last week and has since pushed even higher. [click to continue…]
The Vulcan to the Sky Trust has reaffirmed their commitment to keeping Avro Vulcan XH558 at its current location in Doncaster, despite the machine being out of public view and the launch of a petition to relocate the iconic bomber.
XH558, which was the last airworthy example of the type prior to its retirement in 2015, was recently placed into storage at Doncaster Sheffield Airport amid a “funding crisis” that also resulted in drastic cuts to the charity’s workforce. As a result, an online petition was launched to relocate the aircraft to a museum at Elvington (40 miles away) or Bruntingthorpe (80 miles away). The petition, which gained over 200 signatures, states that “the plane is part of Britain’s history and should never have been grounded,” adding that its move to a storage facility is “a disgrace.”
The Trust responded with a statement acknowledging that other airfields had been examined as a possible home for the Vulcan, but they were ultimately deemed unsuitable for reasons ranging from proposed housing development to landing site quality. [click to continue…]
A “funding crisis” affecting the Vulcan to the Sky Trust has resulted in Avro Vulcan XH558 being removed from public view at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and drastic cuts to the charity’s workforce.
Dr. Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Trust states:
“Over the past six months we have been working with the airport on our plans to progress a superb, purpose-built hangar for XH558. While both parties are confident of a successful outcome, the short term challenge is that we must vacate Hangar 3 as our lease has expired. This creates a funding challenge because the revenue-earning businesses that are vital for her care must be temporarily suspended. We have had to make some very tough decisions.”
22 full-time staff have been reduced to only eight, supported by volunteers and a few part-time workers. Although described as “a bitter decision”, the move is said to be necessary to ensure the protection of the iconic aircraft while building toward future goals. [click to continue…]
A planning application has reportedly been submitted to Doncaster Council proposing the construction of a new Avro Vulcan tourist attraction near Doncaster Sheffield Airport in South Yorkshire, England.
The plan calls for a new hangar to be constructed on the site of a former sewage treatment works that would serve as a science museum housing aircraft from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust collection, which includes Vulcan XH558 and English Electric Canberra WK163 as well as Supermarine Swift F.4 WK275, which is currently on loan from a private owner.
It is said that the Vulcan would serve as more than a mere museum piece, performing powered taxi runs for the public. The Trust is also looking to restore the Canberra, which set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft in 1957, to airworthy condition. [click to continue…]
In order to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Avro Vulcan’s arrival at RAF Waddington, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has launched a new aviation heritage trail that tells the story of an aircraft that “helped ensure that the Cold War never became ‘hot'”.
Sites along the “Vulcan Trail” recall the famous Falklands “Black Buck” raids and the development of air to air refueling, as well as a tense moment in October 1962, when Vulcan crews were prepared to scramble during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Included are stops at Waddington Aviation Viewing Experience, home of Vulcan XM607, and Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster, which houses Vulcan XH558 – the last flying example of the type which was recently retired for permanent static display. Also included is Waddington village cemetery, which holds the remains of three airmen who were killed when Vulcan XA897 crashed at Heathrow on October 1, 1956.
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After spending over half a century outdoors, the world’s only surviving Supermarine Swift F4 has been restored and placed on public display.
The aircraft, WK275, was originally built in the 1950s and was purchased in 1968 by Percy Sheppard, who placed it outside his outdoor clothing and camping store near Leominster. The Swift was exposed to the elements for decades before being acquired by a private owner in 2012.
Jet Art Aviation Ltd. was engaged to dismantle and transport the aircraft in a process that was described as “very challenging engineering-wise” due to excessive corrosion, but now, after four years of restoration, the Swift has been returned to pristine condition. The machine has been placed on long term loan with the Vulcan to the Sky Trust at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, which is said to be “a very fitting resting place and new home where she can be enjoyed by the public in a warm hangar with a team who can help preserve the aircraft for generations to come.” It can now be seen beside Avro Vulcan XH558, which served as the last airworthy example of its type prior to retirement in 2015.
Click below to see more of WK275 prior to restoration, and as it appears today.
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The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, England hosted their “Uncovered” season finale on October 4 – an event that received international attention as it featured the last public appearance of Avro Vulcan XH558, which will be retired at the end of the year.
However, the event also included a number of early aviation and Great War displays, including demonstrations of the collection’s Bristol Boxkite, Avro Triplane, Deperdussin, Blackburn Type D, Avro 504, S.E.5a and Sopwith Pup.
As previously reported, the event also marked the public debut of a newly-completed Bristol Scout, which was joined in the air by Shuttleworth’s Bristol F.2b and M.1c.
Click the link below to check out footage of these displays.
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