Wishing you a great New Year as we look forward to an exciting 2016

A review of 2015 and looking forward to the future
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Did you get inspired by the XH558 story?
What a year!
The world’s most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, touched down for the final time late in October after her busiest season ever. The final flight closed a remarkable year in which she starred in numerous television programmes, was discussed passionately by MPs and Government Ministers in a Westminster debate and flew across the four countries of the United Kingdom to say farewell to flight to her millions of friends and supporters.

Great credit in achieving this is due to her crews, the engineering team at Doncaster and the support network at Hinckley. We should also mention the work of the Vulcan to the Sky Club and the large number of volunteers involved across the country, who not only help at shows, but in the hangar, with the logistics of operations and the web store – all have made a great contribution. Above all, to the many people whose kind donations and purchases generated the funding to make it all a reality.
Thank you one and all.

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XH558’s final landing captured by Steve Comber.

Channel 4’s 90 minute programme with XH558 and Guy Martin (November 29, Last Flight of the Vulcan) was seen by more than 2.8 million viewers; around twice that expected for the time slot. (See how you can order the DVD of this programme in a feature below).

The Vulcan XH558 Facebook page now has 258,000 ‘likes’, often reaching more than a million people, with the number of Twitter impressions on the Farewell Tour in October reaching over 27.2 million! This showing just how popular she is. Tours of the aircraft have won yet another Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence and the team that help promotions and commercial activities has just won a prestigious ‘Marketing and Communications’ award from Doncaster Chamber.

Paying tribute to those who made it possible for a Vulcan to keep flying, Robert Pleming said; “I can’t thank enough all those who have donated and volunteered because they shared one remarkable vision.” He also paid compliments to the professional team working for the charity, and to the many companies who have provided support, often without any commercial return. “The breadth of expertise applied to this challenge has been staggering, from the more public skills of engineering and aviation to the backroom skills of marketing, fundraising and sensitive negotiation, to name just a few.”

Inspiring New Generations In the New Year, Vulcan XH558 will begin a new life. No longer allowed to fly but still able to accelerate dramatically along the runway, the Trust will build on this exciting provenance to inspire and educate new generations of young people, helping to deliver the technical skills that Britain so badly needs.

XH558 on a fast-taxi with dramatic spray from a wet runway.

Based in a purpose-built, multi-million pound building at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, adjacent to her current home in an original Cold War hangar, she will be at the heart of four activities: an Aviation Skills Academy to train young people for careers in aviation; a Heritage Centre to bring enthusiasts close to XH558 and other aircraft in an environment that can also be used for functions and conferences; a world-leading centre of expertise in the operation and maintenance of vintage aircraft; and a new national technology centre that will engage with schools, families and other groups to help address the shortage of young people entering engineering careers at all levels.

A vision of the future, thanks to Guy Taylor Associates.

Future Aviation Projects

Vulcan to the Sky Trust intends to find new challenges to engage this remarkable team. “It has taken almost two decades to learn how to do this really well, both technically and commercially,” concludes Dr. Pleming. “Those skills are now available to other aviation heritage projects. We anticipate several exciting announcements during 2016.”

Do keep following these newsletters to be the first with news.
Update on the ‘Jetex’ model Vulcan
A few lines in a newsletter the other week by Richard Elford (here 18th December newsletter) set your editor off on a quest to find out more about the great idea of a ‘Jetex’ model engine to find that the hobby is obviously alive and well. Here are two sites you may like to browse to find out more.

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Plans courtesy of SKYLEADA and ‘Jetex’ build model courtesy of David Duckett.
Have you tried XH558’s Christmas Quiz and Wordsearch?
To celebrate the landmark of 55 years and 8 completed display seasons, this year’s Christmas challenge is a family quiz with 55 questions and 8 answers. Answer questions in the normal manner, while for the eight answers, you have to guess what the question is!

Just for fun over the holidays, test every member of the family with the results published in our newsletter next Friday 8th January. Are you up for the challenge? Why not print off and hand to each Vulcan enthusiast you know and see how they do! Hurry, just a few more days left to complete.

Who can get top marks?

SEE THE 55 QUESTIONS & 8 ANSWERS
HERE
TOGETHER WITH OUR GREAT WORDSEARCH

ANSWERS COMING UP ON FRIDAY

Good luck!

Tip: A lot of these answers can be found in our range of Vulcan to the Sky books available from the web store.

VISIT THE LINKS IN THE FEATURES BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE.

New XH558 Book is our most popular Christmas Gift
Have you got your copy?

Just a selection of pages shown here from our 172 page book that celebrates the complete life of XH558, right from the initial design stages, through prototype and production types to RAF service during the Cold War, to a display aircraft in the VDF before eventual retirement.
It then picks up the remarkable story of how a small team restored the aircraft and maintained her on the display circuit for a further 8 full seasons, before looking at the ‘Farewell to Flight’ and her new role in an exciting future.

YOU CAN ORDER YOUR COPY HERE FOR MID-JANUARY DELIVERY
Guy Martin Vulcan XH558 programme – coming soon on DVD
Guy Martin
ORDER YOUR COPY NOW – FOR LATE JANUARY RELEASE

The well-received Guy Martin programme that featured on Channel 4 in late November, complete with bonus features, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in late January. You can pre-order now to be the very first with copies just as soon as they arrive with us from the distributors.

All proceeds from orders placed with us will benefit Vulcan XH558.

DVD & BLU-RAY – ORDER HERE

Our most popular items for Christmas. Order now ready for 2016 delivery
Two Vulcans
The Last Farewell
XM655 & XH558
Two Vulcans - Last farewell
£17.00
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VULCAN XH558
‘Farewell to Flight’
DVD
VULCAN XH558 - 'Farewell to Flight' - DVD
£18.00
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Reunion of Giants
Canadian Lancaster
Tour
Reunion of Giants - Canadian Lancaster Tour
£20.00
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VULCAN XH558
‘Farewell to Flight’
BluRay
VULCAN XH558 - 'Farewell to Flight' - BluRay
£25.00
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Farewell to Flight
Exclusive
“T” Shirt
Farewell to Flight Exclusive
£15.00
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‘Farewell to Flight’
Commemorative
Medal
'Farewell to Flight' Commemorative Medal
£25.00
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Chadwick Bear
Collectors
Edition
Chadwick Bear - Collectors Edition
£30.00
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XH558
Compressor Blade
Sculpture
XH558 Compressor Blade Sculpture
£125.00
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Air to Air
Photography Booklet
of XH558
Air to Air Photography Booklet of XH558
£5.00
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XH558 Farewell
to Flight
Booklet
XH558 Farewell to Flight Booklet
£5.00
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Avro Vulcan
60th Anniversary Book – Softback
Avro Vulcan 60th Anniversary Book - Softback
£20.00
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Haynes
RAF V-Force
Operations Manual
Haynes - RAF V-Force Operations Manual
£25.00
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Vulcan
Ventures Testing
Times
Vulcan Ventures - Testing Times
£4.00
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Vulcan
Cookie
Cutter
Magazine Binder
£5.00
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55-8
Branded
Mug
55-8 Branded Mug
£6.00
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Carbon
Fibre Stylus
Pen
Carbon Fibre Stylus Pen
£10.00
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webstore items
Coming up in Friday’s NEW YEAR’S DAY special edition
teaser This Friday sees the launch of our great VULCAN XH558 PHOTO STORE where you can order a range of stunning images across a variety of formats and sizes.

From photographs to frame, posters for the Children’s bedrooms, to wall art for the lounge, study or office – there will be something to suit every taste, displaying the wonder and beauty of XH558 for all to enjoy for years to come.

Make sure you look out for your newsletter copy this Friday 1st January which will be issued from 5.30pm.

Happy New Year
As we fast approach 2016, may we wish every reader a
GREAT NEW YEAR’S EVE.
Do enjoy your celebrations.

OPEN OUR NEWSLETTER ON FRIDAY 1st FOR A SPECIAL PHOTO EDITION FEATURE & OUR NEW YEAR GREETINGS.

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