Vulcan XH558 :: Shared Description

Restored to airworthy condition by the LinkExternal link organisation, Avro Vulcan XH558 was built in 1960 and retired from display flying for the RAF in 1993. In the 1960s, these planes were to carry the UK's nuclear deterrent (had it ever been necessary) until that task fell to the Polaris submariners. They were used for long range conventional bombing missions during the Falklands conflict in 1982, and then retired from active service. This plane was restored to flying between 2005 and 2007 by the charity linked above.

Sadly, 2015 was her last flying display season. A variety of factors led to this situation - XH558 by then had more flying hours under her belt than any other Vulcan ever did, so whilst still perfectly airworthy for the foreseeable future, it was getting harder to know where to look for potential problems; spare parts becoming increasingly difficult to source, and last but not least, engineers with real, hands-on experience of the aircraft in RAF service were almost all retired or departed this life. As a result, the Technical Authorities (essentially the three businesses that maintain the aeroplane) decided not to continue to keep her flying beyond 2015. Under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, she was therefore evermore grounded.

Before that, she finished the 2015 airshows & display season, and performed a two-day, round-the-country tour ('Salute to the V-Force') of the locations where the remaining V-Force airframes & planes are on display in a variety of museums and exhibitions - this event took place over the weekend of 27th & 28th June 2015.
by Richard Law
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SP2654 : Vulcan XH558 over Wellesbourne Airfield by David P Howard
TF0980 : Vulcan XH558 overhead at  Wickenby by J.Hannan-Briggs
SJ8385 : Watching the flypast by Gerald England
SJ7903 : The only flying Avro Vulcan Bomber in the UK by Richard Law
SJ7804 : Vulcan bomber - last time ever at Cosford by Richard Law
SJ7904 : Avro Vulcan XH558 by Richard Law
SK9965 : Vulcan XH558 landing at Waddington Airshow 2013 by J.Hannan-Briggs
TQ8209 : Vulcan XH558 over Hastings seafront by Julian P Guffogg
TF0981 : Vulcan XH558 over Wickenby Aerodrome by J.Hannan-Briggs
TM1713 : Avro Vulcan Bomber at Clacton, Essex by Christine Matthews
ST9596 : Avro Vulcan XH558, Kemble Airshow, 2009 by Brian Robert Marshall
SP2654 : Refuelling Stop? by David P Howard
SP2654 : Vulcan XH558 over Wellesbourne Airfield by David P Howard
TL1544 : "Please allow for wake from passing pigeon" by Rob Farrow
SJ7903 : The lower side of the Avro Vulcan bomber by Richard Law
TM1713 : Avro Vulcan Bomber at Clacton, Essex by Christine Matthews
SP2654 : Vulcan XH558 over Wellesbourne Airfield by David P Howard
SJ8385 : Bomber over Manchester by Gerald England
SJ8385 : Goodbye to XH558 by Gerald England
SJ7905 : Vulcan bomber - last time at Cosford by Richard Law
TL1544 : We didn't need the loudspeaker by Rob Farrow
SJ8385 : Watching the flypast at Shadowmoss by Gerald England
TL1544 : Avro Vulcan XH558 flies past Shuttleworth Collection by Rob Farrow
SJ7903 : The upper surface of the Avro Vulcan bomber by Richard Law
SJ8385 : XH558 approaching Manchester Airport by Gerald England

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Created: Wed, 12 Jun 2013, Updated: Thu, 30 Jul 2020

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