Legendary Vulcan bomber set to fly again at air show

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THE world’s last flying Vulcan bomber is set to roar into action once more after being confirmed for one of Britain’s biggest airshows this summer.

The iconic aircraft, which is based at Robin Hood Airport, has been added to the bill at this year’s RAF Waddington International Air Show which will take place on July 6 and 7.

The much-loved aircraft returned triumphantly to the public domain at Waddington in July 2008 for the first time after an absence of 16 years and has been seen by many millions of people all over the country since then

Air show director Paul Sall said: “We’re working really hard on an exciting line up for this year’s show, so to have confirmation that the Avro Vulcan, which is such a favourite of the crowd, will attend is fantastic news.”

It is almost 20 years to the day since XH558 was retired from service and left RAF Waddington for what some thought would be for good.

Robert Pleming, chief executive of Vulcan to the Sky, said: “I’m delighted that our plans to return Vulcan XH558 to the 2013 air display season are currently still on schedule, despite the financial challenges that we have faced over the winter. Indeed we still have to overcome some significant financial hurdles to enable us to achieve our objectives in 2013.

However, it is always a great pleasure to bring the Vulcan back to her home at RAF Waddington, where I am sure she will, as ever, be afforded a very warm welcome.”