Vulcan bomber lives to fly another day
Campaign almost successful
The campaign to keep the last flying Vulcan bomber in the air looks to have been successful.
Although the full amount has not been raised, enough donations have been found to keep the group behind the bomber trading for the next two summers - crucial for air displays, and to raise more cash.
In a letter to supporters Robert Fleming, chief exec of Vulcan to the Sky Trust, said the group had received £57,000 and believed it had sufficient momentum to bring in the remaining £75,000. This gives it enough money in the bank to continue trading and keep on staff.
Fleming said: "If you were waiting for it to become clear whether a donation to XH558 would be worthwhile, now is your moment."
The project has had a turbulent financial history. Restoration begin in earnest in 2005. Vulcans last flew in combat during the Falklands, but some were kept on by the RAF for refueling duties.
The Vulcan restoration project website promises a further update this evening. ®
So in a year's time there are more Vulcan's flying than Harriers and Tornadoes combined ?
They didn't keep Concorde flying, something I would consider to be far more important than the Vulcan (although the Vulcan is my second favourite aircraft).
What is even more sad is that they didn't even let private groups take on Concorde. There were backers out there who wanted to keep her in the air, and there were enough people willing to spend the money just to say they'd flown on her. Sadly passenger flights are not available on the Vulcan.
British Government FAIL
It astonishes me...
....that you write such incorrect information without even attempting to check the reality.
Concorde was modified, with kevlar fuel tank linings, and Near Zero Growth Michelin tyres and was re-certified in 2001. The British Airways Concorde that carried out a "passenger" flight with BA staff on board acting as passengers turned round after flying half way across the Atlantic, when it landed at Heathrow the crew and passengers received the news of the World Trade Center attack.
The final withdrawal from service was down to economics, reduced fares and the deaths of many Concorde regular travellers on11th September 2001, Air France had the worse situation and possibly to salvage French national pride Airbus (who had become the design authority for Concorde) increased their charges for maintaining that status which would then have fallen on British Airways alone. The result was that even BA's higher passenger numbers could not save the aircraft and it was decided to retire the aircraft in October 2003.