The last airworthy Vulcan bomber will continue to inspire youngsters and other heritage flying groups despite it taking its last flight, according to the team that brought it back to the skies.
The 55-year-old nuclear bomber flew for the last time in October after a summer delighting millions of people at air shows around the UK.
Such was the popularity of the aircraft that the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, which restored it and flew it, had to keep details of its final flight secret so fans would not bring operations to a halt at Robin Hood Airport, in Doncaster, where XH558 is based.
Michael Trotter, business development director at the trust, said he and his colleagues are determined to make sure the end of the Vulcan’s flying days are a new beginning for the project.
Mr Trotter said their plans for the future include a permanent exhibition aimed at educating the next generation about the Cold War and British engineering as well as an academy to train future engineers.
But the core of the trust’s activities will be expanding public access to XH558 in its hangar in Doncaster and enthusiasts will be offered the chance to ‘fast-taxi’ in the Vulcan around the airport and at events starting in the spring.
Mr Trotter said: “We have to leave a proper legacy. To spend £25 million just to leave a gate guardian would be a travesty. Inspiring the next generation has got to be crucial to this.”