Local Air Cadets officially become ‘558 Squadron’

Local Air Cadets officially become ‘558 Squadron’

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Local Air Cadets officially become ‘558 Squadron’
Last Friday 5th February, saw over 100 Air Cadets of the new ‘558 Squadron’ stand-up at the official formation ceremony, created from the Squadron formally represented as 1053 Detached Flight Armthorpe. The ceremony was followed by a formal dinner. The Squadron will now meet regularly in the hangar.
Top: The hangar laid out ready for the dinner with seating around XH558.
Left: Martin Withers addresses the audience. Right: The Trophy made with a model of XH558 presented to the Squadron.
Attended by Air Commodore Stewart, the Squadron were presented with a mounted wooden model of XH558 by Martin Withers, who was a guest speaker. We understand that this trophy donated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust will be used as recognition for ‘Cadet of the Year’. Anyone local to Doncaster who wishes to find out more about the Air Cadets can visit their website here.
We welcome the Squadron to the hangar, a great environment in which to inspire their interest in aviation. We look forward to a long and successful relationship and will be reporting on more of their activities over the coming year.
Overseas deployment of Vulcans just after the Falklands Conflict
Our thanks to Malcolm Tilley who sent us this scan of an original photograph which shows three Vulcans and a Hercules support aircraft on the ramp at Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska, USA. It is marked as being taken in mid-1982, so we suspect it was when XM573 was delivered there on loan to the
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum where she still resides today. This would be only a few months after the Black Buck missions when other Vulcan aircraft in the fleet were involved in the Falklands Conflict.
In this image, XM573 is the third Vulcan aircraft, with XL360 (now at the Midland Air Museum, Coventry) in the middle and XM594 (now at Newark Air Museum), in the foreground of the picture. Were you on this deployment?
Malcolm writes, “I had the honour of towing 573 from the flight-line to the museum.”
We would love to hear from you with any stories or pictures you might have on this or any other overseas Vulcan deployment. Please write to newseditor@vulcantothesky.org
Mid-1982, and an image of the delivery deployment of XM573 to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, USA.
Picture courtesy of Malcolm Tilley
New rewards available with XH558’s first series of 2016 shares
We have split some of the unavoidable costs involved in maintaining XH558 in her current excellent condition into ‘shares’ that enable you to support whichever aspect you choose in bite-sized donations, whilst returning tailored rewards that recognise your support as it grows. You could help with insurance, fuel or hangar maintenance, or alternatively you can select a share that will go directly to helping progress towards the future.
Our first range of share options for 2016 is now available. Each share supported comes with a dedicated 2016 share certificate, while if you support shares that total £60 or more, you will receive our new season art card, featuring a superb photograph of XH558 over The Solent captured by award winning photographer John Dibbs.
Support shares to the value of £150 either in one transaction or in any cumulative combination between now and 31st October 2016, to be entitled to the 2017 version of our A3 portfolio calendar
Have you visited the Vulcan XH558 Photo Store?
Proving highly popular, our launch range of 20 stunning images is available in a range of options from prints, mounted panels, to framed prints and canvas artworks. Simply browse the selection then click on the picture you like to see the range of options available and their prices.
Here is a small selection of those available…
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Guy Martin programme NOW AVAILABLE FROM STOCK
All pre-orders have been despatched as stock of this title arrived late last week. If you have yet to order, then now is an ideal time to get your copy of this fantastic programme to keep.
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COPIES NOW AVAILABLE FROM STOCK
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