Vulcan flights will recall fall of Berlin Wall

The Vulcan, which is set to appear at the Blackpool airshow
The Vulcan, which is set to appear at the Blackpool airshow

This year’s flying programme by the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber will remember the Cold War era and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Vulcan XH558, which is based at Robin Hood Airport, is currently undergoing its winter overhaul in preparation for the summer flying display season which will see the iconic aircraft appear at a string of air shows across the country.

And bosses at Vulcan To The Sky, the organisation which helps maintain and fund the aircraft, have announced that this year’s programme will mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Cold War.

A spokesman said: “We are dedicating the 2014 flying season to the heroes of the Cold War, a time of immense tension that is too often forgotten.

“25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbolic end to this remarkable period, we will be remembering the remarkable bravery, the engineering innovation and the knife-edge politics.”

The plane is seen as an icon of the era and could be armed and ready to deploy within a few seconds notice in the event of a threat of a nuclear strike on the UK.
Details of the Vulcan’s appearances for 2014 will be announced in the coming weeks.