TIME is running out for fans of Bournemouth Air Festival favourite the Vulcan to add their name to its bomb-bay doors.
The famous Cold War bomber is a big crowd-pleaser at the annual seafront show – although it has had a chequered history at the event.
As the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which operates XH558, continues fundraising efforts for a major project that will keep it flying until 2015, there is one more space for a name plaque on its bomb doors.
Anyone donating £75 or more can add a name, but supporters will have to move quickly, with a deadline of tomorrow.
Vulcan to the Sky Trust chief executive, Dr Robert Pleming, said: “XH558 represents a crucial part of this nation's history, and to this day serves as a reminder of Britain’s outstanding engineering heritage.
“Following the VC10’s final flight last month, XH558 is now the only all-British four-engined jet aircraft capable of flight in the world, the sole airworthy representative of the time when Britain led the world in large aircraft design.
“I am sure that the last places on the plaques will go very quickly, as it is a way for people to not just remember the importance of the Vulcans and the men and women who designed, built and flew them, but to be a part of the aircraft's legacy as well.”
It costs around £2 million a year to operate XH558 to among the world’s highest safety standards. The aircraft receives no funding from Government or the RAF, so is almost entirely dependent on a combination of the charity’s growing commercial activities and public donations.
To find out more about including your name, visit vulcantotheskystore.co.uk