Bournemouth EchoVulcan bomber crew to give fundraising talk to keep jet flying (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Vulcan bomber crew to give fundraising talk to keep jet flying

Bournemouth Echo: Barry Masefield Barry Masefield

TWO former crew members of a Bournemouth Air Festival favourite are heading to the town for a fundraising talk.

Barry Masefield and Andy Marson, who flew on Vulcan bombers, will be giving presentations at The Wollstonecraft lecture hall, Bournemouth House, 19 Christ-church Road, on May 1, 6.30pm.

The event, which is ticket-only at £10 a head, will raise funds for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which keeps the world’s last flying example of the jet, XH558, in the sky.

The first part will see Andy Marson talk about the history of the Vulcan and its weapons, while Barry Masefield will discuss mission-planning, enemy weapons, how threats were dealt with and its role in the Falklands conflict in the second session.

The presentation is open to the public, with 100 tickets available through vulcantotheskystore.co.uk.

There will also be 50 tickets available through Phill Jones at dorset.

regions@vulcantotheskyclub.co.uk, which need to be reserved.

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12:03pm Wed 16 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

It is quite a thing to see when it is flying but thats the problem, so often it has failed to fly. I understand that the thing costs an awful lot of money to keep in the air but if they wish for people to keep donating, especially here in Bournemouth then they need to make sure it does fly.
It seems so many years past it has displayed all over the country during the weeks prior to the airshow on its way down here and then when it gets to Hurn it breaks down and we have to go yet another year without seeing it?
It is quite a thing to see when it is flying but thats the problem, so often it has failed to fly. I understand that the thing costs an awful lot of money to keep in the air but if they wish for people to keep donating, especially here in Bournemouth then they need to make sure it does fly. It seems so many years past it has displayed all over the country during the weeks prior to the airshow on its way down here and then when it gets to Hurn it breaks down and we have to go yet another year without seeing it? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Wed 16 Apr 14

dobrojoe says...

It's held together with string and duct tape. It really is time that this old boy was pensioned-off before gravity does the inevitable! Sad to see it go but at least, it's still in one piece.
It's held together with string and duct tape. It really is time that this old boy was pensioned-off before gravity does the inevitable! Sad to see it go but at least, it's still in one piece. dobrojoe
  • Score: -6

11:37pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Puj says...

dobrojoe wrote:
It's held together with string and duct tape. It really is time that this old boy was pensioned-off before gravity does the inevitable! Sad to see it go but at least, it's still in one piece.
Sorry to disappoint you - but no string and duct tape is involved with Vulcan.

She has a handful of dedicated engineers that have maintained her since her return to flight in 2007. Since that time the whole project has relied totally on donations made from the public. She flies because the public love her and donate to keep her going..... that in itself says a lot.

As for non shows at Bournemouth - 2 were down to fuel bladder leaks on the day. The other was due to weather when she was grounded at Hurn in 2010.

Bear in mind that this aircraft is over 50 years old and is entitled to throw a 'wobbly' occasionally. Hopefully she will grace our skies over Bournemouth this year.
[quote][p][bold]dobrojoe[/bold] wrote: It's held together with string and duct tape. It really is time that this old boy was pensioned-off before gravity does the inevitable! Sad to see it go but at least, it's still in one piece.[/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint you - but no string and duct tape is involved with Vulcan. She has a handful of dedicated engineers that have maintained her since her return to flight in 2007. Since that time the whole project has relied totally on donations made from the public. She flies because the public love her and donate to keep her going..... that in itself says a lot. As for non shows at Bournemouth - 2 were down to fuel bladder leaks on the day. The other was due to weather when she was grounded at Hurn in 2010. Bear in mind that this aircraft is over 50 years old and is entitled to throw a 'wobbly' occasionally. Hopefully she will grace our skies over Bournemouth this year. Puj
  • Score: 5

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