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Last Vulcan flight

Some talk in the paper that the last flight maybe cancelled.
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The Vulcan to the sky website is reporting fly pasts are being planned for the 11/12 October. Hope I can see it then.
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From what I've read, the Police and VTTS fear that crowds may overwhelm the Vulcan's home airport and surrounding roads, which could force cancellation.


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Probably a typo, but the dates are 10/11 October. Good Luck!
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I went to Old Warden yesterday and apart from the show being a sell out the fields and lanes around the airfield were lined with spectators. Don't know if it caused any problems but it demonstrated the draw the Vulcan has on people.

Needless to say, but it was a magnificent spectacle. I worked on them, as a young technician and never thought I'd see one flying some 55 yrs later!
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Excuse my ignorance but where are the final flights taken place this weekend?

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lonkmu,

As far as I know, final details have not yet been released, but the following link gives some information:-

Vulcan To The Sky - Farewell Tour 10th/11th October

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http://www.vulcantothesky.org/news/7...s-at-risk.html

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I went to Old Warden yesterday and apart from the show being a sell out the fields and lanes around the airfield were lined with spectators. Don't know if it caused any problems but it demonstrated the draw the Vulcan has on people.
I was in one of the fields and left straight after the Vulcan display. Local plod had closed access from G&M Growers down to Shuttleworth but it was open the other way. A little bit of chaos on the road from G&M to Sandy (Inconsiderate parkers) but apart from that it looked pretty smooth. There again, I only had to struggle back to Potton!

Needless to say, but it was a magnificent spectacle. I worked on them, as a young technician and never thought I'd see one flying some 55 yrs later!
Spent 10 wonderful years servicing them. I can say wonderful now but I'm sure back in the day I used to curse them. I lost so much skin and shed a load of blood removing and refitting the hydraulic valves in the back of the nose wheel bay. Aaah, happy days.
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Spekesoftly

Yes you're quite correct. Got my days mixed up. Thanks for the info.

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Sadly I've never been in one but the late BBK senior was a techie on 230 OCU hence my interest and desire to say farewell the old girl.

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I was in a field at Old Warden too, yesterday. The noise of the engines really reverberated around the hills. It was a magnificent sight. I don't think the other flying creatures were too impressed though!

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It's a sorry state of affairs that people are getting windy about a few traffic jams and people stood about. This is truly the end of an era, there will be crowds, and there will be traffic. The powers that be should not be interfering with this and threatening to cancel the farewell.


Many many years ago when I pounded the beat, I was driving my jam butty along and I saw quite a gathering at the end of what was 24R at Manchester. I wound down my window and asked someone what was going on. I was told Concorde was coming in.

I parked up, moved a couple of cars on that had been parked stupidly and then just tried my best to keep everything moving without any issues.

I even managed to look skyward when the mighty Concorde arrived.

These things happen so rarely it should just be embraced.
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In any other country, it would have been live on TV. What were the BBC showing? The Great British Bake Off
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From their website it's more a concern at Robin Hood where spectators could be blocking access for emergency services.

fortunately her turning circle is pretty big, so had great views over at Cranfield when she was doing shuttleworth

here she is with the arrows for the last time
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I think that after Shoreham there are concerns about off airfield spectating.

By buying a ticket for an airshow you have accepted that there may be some increased risk by being there.

It is not clear that is the case for off airfield spectating and there is therefore a greater chance of a gaining a larger legal settlement in the event of a claim for compensation.

The effect of that would to be to increase insurance cover required by organisers- something I for one would not want to see.
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According to VTTS website, this weekend's 'farewell Tour' (10 / 11 Oct) will NOT be 558's last ever flight.
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It is not clear that is the case for off airfield spectating and there is therefore a greater chance of a gaining a larger legal settlement in the event of a claim for compensation.
True. But it is also not clear what case you have if watching between two police notices that say no viewing from here.
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Originally Posted by 22/04 View Post
I think that after Shoreham there are concerns about off airfield spectating.
The concern here is more the effect on the local community around Robin Hood Airport of large numbers of people and vehicles blocking roads and hampering emergency services, rather than the likelihood of XH558 falling out of the sky on top of them.
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The Mighty Delta winged craft overflew Stonyhurst College in the Ribble valley at almost silent mode with just barely a ripple of the famous stained glass windows, sadly I was inside at a meeting, with people who were not really interested in Old Bombers making the comments about it looking a little like it is past its sell by date....well that it may be, but I am mortified to have missed the Big V
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I took a ride up to Salmesbury to watch the old girl sail past. It was quite magnificent. Very very quiet, and a lovely lazy right turn towards Warton and she was gone. Quite a contrast to the 'high energy' show she put on at Southport.

I was parked at KFC on the A577 on the south of the old airfield, and the road (double yellowed) was lined with cars parked everywhere. One Lancashire Traffic car meandered down the line and thankfully just carried on its way, obviously fully aware of the significance of today's event.

It will be a shame that she will no longer fly round these parts, but I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who have flown her, fixed her, and paid for her during the past few years.
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Her passage over Woodford (ex) airfield was a tad restrained, as well. I wonder if she had the fuel to do much more than gentle fly-bys while still completing the sortie (being as it's all at low level the fuel consumption must be prodigious).
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The following 'Howgozit' graph for the Vulcan shows a burn rate of about 10000 lb per hour at FL400 and about 12000 lb per hour at 250 KIAS at low level:


That was for XH561 on 18 Mar 1980; we had a 181000 lb TOW for a 4:15 flight at high level. Whereas XH558 is much lighter and burns a lot less fuel.
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