Airside tours to see Avro Vulcan XH558 set to resume

Supporters of the iconic aircraft XH558 will be able to take part in airside tours and experience the popular Engine Ground Runs from next month (August).

The two of the three events launched have already sold out and more will be added in the coming weeks.

Michael Trotter, head of business development for the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said: “We are thrilled to be able to welcome people back on the airfield to see XH558.

“Our events were all paused due to the pandemic, and we know how much our supporters like to see the Vulcan up close.

“Guests will meet at the Harvey Arms and be transported to the airfield by Wilfreda Beehive to be part of an airside tour where they see the aircraft in her secure location and witness our Volunteer Engineering Team working on XH558. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask them about the tasks they are carrying out on the aircraft - such as changing oils, inspections, tests, and minor repairs.

“Our other event invites people to be part of British aviation history by experiencing the Vulcan effect on a Vulcan XH558 Engine Ground-Run Experience.

“At this event visitors can watch XH558 make her way to the engine running pan where they will witness the aircraft come to life, with her Olympus engines started. They will see the operation of the bomb-bay doors and airbrakes as her control surfaces are exercised and importantly, they get to hear the howl of the mighty Olympus engines. This is a great chance for supporters of the aircraft to get up close to the aircraft and walk under the famous delta wing and meet the ground crew. 

“These events sell out quickly and two of the three are already sold out. We will be adding on events right through to the end of the year in the coming weeks so please keep an eye on our website and social media channels so that you can experience one of these events first-hand.”

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