Will 'howl' of the Vulcan bomber be heard over Bournemouth again?

THE Vulcan bomber will be grounded during the next Bournemouth Air Festival unless donors can raise an emergency £800,000.

The giant plane was arguably the star of the 2009 festival when its distinctive “howl” was heard by 1.2m people.

The Vulcan bomber below in action at the Bournemouth Air Festival 2009

It is the only flying example of its kind but engineers say it is suffering faster than expected metal fatigue and needs urgent work if it is to be safe to fly again.

The charity that operates it, Vulcan to the Sky, has been forced to bring forward essential engineering works to strengthen two parts.

The plane already costs £1.8m a year to run and the £800,000 is needed on top of that.

The Vulcan boosted crowds by 10-30 per cent at each of the 33 events where it appeared during 2009 and the biggest crowds of all were during the Bournemouth festival.

It is scheduled to be one of the star attractions at the 2010 festival on August 19th to 22.

Navigator Andy Marson explained her appeal at this year’s festival to the Echo.

He said: “She’s large, she’s noisy and she’s manoeuvrable. So she has everything going for her and the crowds love her.

He added: “The Vulcan really is the people’s plane because without the financial backing of the British public she would not be flying.”

The plane was the RAFs display model until 1993 but only started flying again in October 2007 after a £7m refurbishment and is the most complex plane brought out of retirement without the help of the government.

The Vulcan made a surprise flypast at the 2009 festival and two full displays, including the ‘Power Hour’ on the final day, which also featured the Red Arrows and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Vulcan bombers were equipped with nuclear and hydrogen bombs. They were Britain’s main cold war deterrent from 1957 to 1969 when they were replaced by Polaris submarines.

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7:14pm Wed 30 Dec 09

GB916 says...

She is a beauty,i have seen her 3 times in my life at airshows,willbe a shame if she never flies again.
She is a beauty,i have seen her 3 times in my life at airshows,willbe a shame if she never flies again. GB916
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7:20pm Wed 30 Dec 09

inyerpocket says...

I would have thought the money would be better spent on paying our fuel bills. Are the Council broke? now there is a story to keep echo readers interested.
I would have thought the money would be better spent on paying our fuel bills. Are the Council broke? now there is a story to keep echo readers interested. inyerpocket
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7:33pm Wed 30 Dec 09

ta2 says...

£2.6 MILLION a year??? Keep it grounded permanently. Maybe if we weren't paying for millions of illegitimate welfare beneficiaries we could afford this kind of thing.
£2.6 MILLION a year??? Keep it grounded permanently. Maybe if we weren't paying for millions of illegitimate welfare beneficiaries we could afford this kind of thing. ta2
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9:01pm Wed 30 Dec 09

tt52 says...

Its a lovely sight to see in the air but there comes a time when too much money has been put into this project, it just seems that every week this group of people want more and more.
A further £800,000 to repair two parts is an extravagance that we cannot afford, this ammount of money should be used for a more deserving cause.
Its a lovely sight to see in the air but there comes a time when too much money has been put into this project, it just seems that every week this group of people want more and more. A further £800,000 to repair two parts is an extravagance that we cannot afford, this ammount of money should be used for a more deserving cause. tt52
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9:14pm Wed 30 Dec 09

dribble says...

Interesting how the footage of the vulcan suddenly morphs into the Eurofighter Typhoon at just over 2 minutes in the film!
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It will be sad, for me, if the Vulcan trust doesn't get the money and the plane can't fly again. It serves as a milestone in British aviation and military history.
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It is an awesome beast and I remember back in the time of the Falklands War, when, living in a different part of the country, one flew over my house, obviously on its way to help out. It was graceful, terribly noisy and a pleasure to watch even then...
Interesting how the footage of the vulcan suddenly morphs into the Eurofighter Typhoon at just over 2 minutes in the film! .. It will be sad, for me, if the Vulcan trust doesn't get the money and the plane can't fly again. It serves as a milestone in British aviation and military history. .. It is an awesome beast and I remember back in the time of the Falklands War, when, living in a different part of the country, one flew over my house, obviously on its way to help out. It was graceful, terribly noisy and a pleasure to watch even then... dribble
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9:17am Thu 31 Dec 09

pedro66 says...

Such a shame that so much money is wasted on benefit scroungers and white elephant schemes to the detriment of worthwhile causes such as the Vulcan.
Assuming the Echo figures are accurate, it would only take 67p from each person who enjoyed the free air show to raise the necessary.
Such a shame that so much money is wasted on benefit scroungers and white elephant schemes to the detriment of worthwhile causes such as the Vulcan. Assuming the Echo figures are accurate, it would only take 67p from each person who enjoyed the free air show to raise the necessary. pedro66
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10:47am Thu 31 Dec 09

Duckorange says...

ta2 wrote:
£2.6 MILLION a year??? Keep it grounded permanently. Maybe if we weren't paying for millions of illegitimate welfare beneficiaries we could afford this kind of thing.
The plane's operated by a charity. Nobody's forcing you to pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]ta2[/bold] wrote: £2.6 MILLION a year??? Keep it grounded permanently. Maybe if we weren't paying for millions of illegitimate welfare beneficiaries we could afford this kind of thing.[/p][/quote]The plane's operated by a charity. Nobody's forcing you to pay for it. Duckorange
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10:51am Thu 31 Dec 09

MikeC558 says...

I've been a supporter of the project since the Vulcan was returned to flight in October 2007. Since then, I have been lucky enough to see her flying eight or nine times, and each time her presence in the air is something unforgettable and utterly unique. Her shape, size and sound are an amazing thing to witness and it's all the result of British engineering excellence.

Vulcan's are an important part of our history and heritage and it is important that we keep things like this going, so we can at least try and keep some of the pride in our nation alive. It is also a wonderful means of engaging our young and teaching them about the dark periods in our history when we really did come close to nuclear Armageddon.

I know the engineers work their backsides off to keep XH558 in the air, and I would not want to see them let down. Money is always going to be an issue until major sponsors some on board, and the extra is required now in order to pay for a number of processes that are needed to carry out the modifications. It's all explained in detail on the Trust's website at www.vulcantothesky.o
rg.

If everyone who saw the aircraft at Bournemouth this year just gave £1.00, we would be well on the way to securing her future. I don't think that's really too much to ask for something which helped prevent our own annihilation.
I've been a supporter of the project since the Vulcan was returned to flight in October 2007. Since then, I have been lucky enough to see her flying eight or nine times, and each time her presence in the air is something unforgettable and utterly unique. Her shape, size and sound are an amazing thing to witness and it's all the result of British engineering excellence. Vulcan's are an important part of our history and heritage and it is important that we keep things like this going, so we can at least try and keep some of the pride in our nation alive. It is also a wonderful means of engaging our young and teaching them about the dark periods in our history when we really did come close to nuclear Armageddon. I know the engineers work their backsides off to keep XH558 in the air, and I would not want to see them let down. Money is always going to be an issue until major sponsors some on board, and the extra is required now in order to pay for a number of processes that are needed to carry out the modifications. It's all explained in detail on the Trust's website at www.vulcantothesky.o rg. If everyone who saw the aircraft at Bournemouth this year just gave £1.00, we would be well on the way to securing her future. I don't think that's really too much to ask for something which helped prevent our own annihilation. MikeC558
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12:19pm Thu 31 Dec 09

Laurie H Marsh says...

This thing is part of history. The amount of money poured into other historical icons is all part of the national psyche.
Why should this be different?
This thing is part of history. The amount of money poured into other historical icons is all part of the national psyche. Why should this be different? Laurie H Marsh
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2:58pm Thu 31 Dec 09

Puj says...

Vulcan burst back onto the scene just as commercial sponsorship started to dry up. 2009 was allegdly a time of recession - a simple case of unfortunate timing and economic events.
Her physical presence and display at this years Air Festival was awe inspiring. A new generation throughout UK have now witnessed the 'Vulcan Effect' first hand.
This iconic aircraft defended this country at the height of the Cold War on 24hr readiness against any Russian threat.
XH558 is the LAST ever flying example of her type. She fully deserves to grace future air show events.
As mentioned before... if everyone who saw her donated just £1 - her future would be a whole lot rosier.
Details of how to help are available on http://www.site.vulc
antothesky.org/
Vulcan burst back onto the scene just as commercial sponsorship started to dry up. 2009 was allegdly a time of recession - a simple case of unfortunate timing and economic events. Her physical presence and display at this years Air Festival was awe inspiring. A new generation throughout UK have now witnessed the 'Vulcan Effect' first hand. This iconic aircraft defended this country at the height of the Cold War on 24hr readiness against any Russian threat. XH558 is the LAST ever flying example of her type. She fully deserves to grace future air show events. As mentioned before... if everyone who saw her donated just £1 - her future would be a whole lot rosier. Details of how to help are available on http://www.site.vulc antothesky.org/ Puj
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