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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. [continue reading…]

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. [continue reading…]

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. [continue reading…]

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. [continue reading…]