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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. ®

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