The world’s last remaining flying Vulcan bomber will take to the skies with her Lancaster bomber ‘sisters’ today after generous donors chipped in to make it happen.
Vulcan XH558, which is based at Robin Hood Airport, will join the globe’s last two airworthy Lancasters at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire later today for the ‘Three Sisters’ flight – a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the three Avro aircraft in the skies together.
Aircraft operators Vulcan To The Sky Trust called on supporters to snap up nearly 600 shares at £15 each in just a few hours to ensure the historic flight would go ahead.
The Vulcan took over from the Lancaster after World War Two as the Royal Air Force’s main bomber aircraft.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster was reunited with her Canadian counterpart for the first time in more than 60 years last week. The planes are the only two remaining Lancasters still airworthy on the globe, and will never fly together again after a series of air shows and fly-pasts this summer.
Lancaster Thumper is based in Britain as part of the RAF BBMF, and Lancaster Vera is based in a museum in Ontario in Canada.
The Vulcan flew to RAF Waddington yesterday to arrive in good time for the meeting, with a static photoshoot planned for today.
Then she will take to the skies for a momentous fly-past over Lincolnshire alongside the two Lancasters, with thousands of spectators expected to turn out for the occasion.