The charity group continues to assess relocation options for the iconic Avro Vulcan

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LONDON – In August, AviationSource reported on the end of an era, when it was announced that the iconic Avro Vulcan reg XH558 was to be moved from his resting place at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Part of a fleet that played a vital role in the 10-week Falklands War in 1982, the Vulcan XH558 has been in storage at Doncaster International Airport since March 2011 when it was airlifted in the airport.

Overseen by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the group believed the former RAF Finningley would become the permanent home of the iconic bird. The failure of a call for funds and the recent closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport meant that the charity unfortunately had to end this plan.

The Trust reluctantly announced in August that the hangar lease would not be renewed and that it had explored potential options for relocating the Vulcan.

Repositioning flight by XH558 considered


When evaluating plans for a new home and the logistics of relocating the aircraft, even a short repositioning flight by Vulcan XH558 was considered.

In its progress update this week, the charity says: ‘Clearly as the sites will be away from Doncaster there will be significant challenges with this relocation, but we believe VTST can deliver results. We spoke to the CAA about the possibility of a short ferry flight to XH558, but now believe that is not possible.

“The advice was that legally we would need to appoint a design authority to assess and then oversee the restoration of the in-flight work and without a DA no application could be considered. We have approached three companies to review feasibility, timing and costs and to date one has refused to support and the other two organizations have not responded to the contract for this work.

“Informal research has also indicated that insurance for such theft would be prohibitively expensive. will always be able to inform, educate and inspire future generations of engineers.

“The process will be managed by professional and experienced partners who sympathize with our goals and understand the importance of this work, all with the goal of retaining as much functionality as possible.”

Two potential new locations under consideration


The Trust says it is in negotiations with two potential new locations for the Avro Vulcan and is also in conversation with the National Heritage Lottery Fund on an options assessment to ensure it secures the best future for what is effectively an important asset; align their objectives with the original Legacy Fund contract.

Potentially placed as a static display, the Trust states that it “will once again be able to provide the opportunity to be close to XH558 in an exciting secret facility for its thousands of supporters to enjoy”.

Regarding plans for the immediate future, the Trust says: “By the end of June 2023 we are considering what access we can provide for supporters given that we understand the aerodrome will be closed from mid -november”.

“We have requested clarification from DSAL and await their comments. Many supporters have their names or those of their loved ones under the wing of Avro Vulcan XH558 and clearly want to see them in place.

You can visit the Vulcan at the Sky Trust website to purchase merchandise and donate to help this important preservation project.

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