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Old 16th Aug 2007, 16:17
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Angel Good News

Good news if it is for engine runs good luck to the team it will not be long one hopes for the dunlops being bask in the wheel wells when airbourne.
Lets hope all the news we here from now till the test flight is good.
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Old 23rd Aug 2007, 23:10
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Here is a link to a video of the engine test runs that took place on Wednesday.


Can't be long until the first flight now.

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Old 24th Aug 2007, 21:01
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>>Can't be long until the first flight now.<<

They should use it to scare the crap out of the Rusky Bear pilots.
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Old 18th Oct 2007, 11:45
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In case you missed it - she flies!
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Old 20th Oct 2007, 07:30
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As one of the 'doom-mongers' I feel it is my duty to eat some humble pie and say, well done to everyone involved. She looks and sounds absolutely immaculate...
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Old 20th Oct 2007, 10:01
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.....and full credit for that landing too
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Old 20th Oct 2007, 11:23
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I also admit to being a doom monger and admit it was a great sight to see it fly again.

Hope to see it at airshows next year
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Old 20th Oct 2007, 13:03
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They should use it to scare the crap out of the Rusky Bear pilots
With all due respect to the restorers, the Vulcan is pushing towards 60 year old technology and is a pure bomber, I suspect Tornados and Typhoons give the Russian pilots much more to worry about...
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Old 20th Oct 2007, 18:31
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What a sight!

At last something great for British aircraft heritage. Lets hope that this is just the start.
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Old 1st Nov 2007, 16:58
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We Told You So..!!!!

3 Cheers for XH558....I am very happy to say We Told You So..!!!!

So glad that all the doubting Thomas's have been proved wrong and I'm very pleased to see some apolgies from those indivuals. Sadly this type/scale of restoration(with the current green issues etc etc ), is something that will probabaly never be repeated so I hope everyone makes the most of this chance to see a historic cold war jet in the air (around 5-10 years I believe depending on funding/sponsorship..!).

I will be taking my boy (13..) to a couple shows to see 558 roar !!, as the last classic british (not including Spits/Hurrs etc ) he saw was Concordes last landing at Filton a few years ago.

So well done to all the boys and girls at Bruntingthorpe TVOC and Marshalls and to everyone who kept the coffers full over the last few years...lets just hope that Mr Branson/Mr Redbull etc etc will put their hand in their wallet to keep her in the air know she is thier.

(Getting off soap box now...)
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Old 1st Nov 2007, 18:38
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Let me say something hideously unpopular ...

I was a doom monger about 558 getting airborne again but remain a doom monger about the sanity of restoring these precious airframes. There are too many times that 'last remaining flying example' becomes latest smashed example, all too often accompanied by the loss of the crew. We then have one less physical example for the next generation of aviators and engineers to inspect.

Let us hope that she operates safely until a timely retirement with all her frames and crew intact.
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Old 3rd Nov 2007, 08:25
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Paxboy. There are still quite a few in museums/collections merrily rotting away for you to look at. Let the rest of us be happy that one is alive and kicking

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Old 3rd Nov 2007, 22:35
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Well done you Vulcan guys ; it's a delight to see you knock the sceptics for six! They with little faith... PPRuNe is a site for aviation supporters... not heathens!
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Old 4th Nov 2007, 01:25
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I Pay tribute to all involved, can't wait to see this baby in the air at an airshow near by soon. You are all stars !

Very close to Yeovilton///////
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Old 9th Jan 2008, 08:56
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Radio 4 Interview

Interview with Robert Pleming Director of Vulcan to the Sky project on Radio 4's midweek program this morning.

Here's a listen again link for the program:
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Old 9th Jan 2008, 11:26
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Vulcan - What's Going On?

I listened to the interview on R4 today. No mention of when the second and subsequent test flights might take place and no mention of airshows in 2008.

It has gone very, very quiet since October 18. Does anyone know what is going on?
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Old 9th Jan 2008, 11:46
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Hi, Michael. According to my 'Pilot' mag which has just arrived, it requires two further 3 hour test flights and a compass swing. The gist of the article is that they are currently living a hand to mouth existence,and having to raise 60.000 permonth just to remain viable. Dr. Pleming, as ever, remains thoroughly optimistic, but also says that," on the sponsorship side, given the amounts under discussion and the current economic uncertainties, decision timescales are likely to stretch well into 2008." I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. I suspect, although only my opinion, that the dream is not going to happen. Please keep up the excellent painting.
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Old 9th Jan 2008, 11:50
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Not certain, but I imagine funding is an issue. They used up a lot of contingency, apparantly, for the corrosion repairs early last year. Guess they need to communicate the funding point in an appropriate way - balance of honesty vs not putting off too many potential sponsors. I'd be surprised to see her flying much I'm sad to say based on my tea-leaves today. Check out tvoc.co.uk forums if you want to get a view of others.
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Old 9th Jan 2008, 15:31
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"..and having to raise 60.000 per month just to remain viable."

I was interested in this project to start with but this is getting ridiculous. Now I keep thinking to what better use that money could be put in this country.... and it doesn't take a lot of thought.
Old 10th Jan 2008, 08:33
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Too much speculation on this post. It disappoints me to see such esteemed people as yourselves being so pessimistic about such a fantastic project, the world is a nasty enough place as it is, let's see a bit of optimism!
For up to the minute information i'd recommend you take a look at the official website.
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