Winter service begins as cockpit canopy removed. Newspaper cuttings from 1982 show RAF departure of the Vulcan fleet from Offutt in Nebraska.

Winter service work begins on XH558

Winter service work begins on XH558
Today signalled the commencement of on-aircraft work for a minor winter service that will prepare XH558 for the year ahead. First task today was to remove the cockpit canopy to allow clear access to the crew ejection seats, which along with the canopy gun will now be disarmed.
Specialists were on hand from Survival Equipment Services (SES) Limited, based in Gloucestershire, who have maintained the ejection seats over the last few years with annual servicing. With a ground-based aircraft, these no longer need to be live, as the crew can elect to escape through the main access door. Also removed and disarmed was the inflation system for the crew life raft as that no longer needs to be carried.
The seats are now back in position and the canopy reinstated.

First task is to remove the cockpit canopy and then each seat with the use of a large crane.

Mounted on special trolleys, the seats can then be worked on and the charges removed.

Although XH558 is no longer flight capable, all her other systems and structures will be kept in the best possible condition of any aircraft of her age. She will still be very capable of howling to make a lasting impression on ground runs and fast-taxi demonstrations.

We will have further reports on the upcoming work schedule over coming newsletter editions.

Wedding season commences in the hangar

Edward and Hayley on the Red Carpet after their wedding…

…and on the dancefloor for their first dance.

Our sincere congratulations go to Edward and Hayley Banks, the happy couple whose wedding ceremony and reception was held in the hangar last Saturday, with the added distinction of being the first such ceremony of 2016! Edward and Hayley might be known to some of you as they are valued volunteers who have supported the Vulcan Village at shows throughout the year and are now involved in helping our web store operations.
Well done Mr and Mrs Banks!
Weddings and Receptions are just some of the enquiries our team at Doncaster are receiving. If you wish to plan your own wedding or other special event in the company of Vulcan XH558, then do please contact our team who will be happy to advise you on the range of services we can offer.
Newspaper cuttings from 1982 show RAF departure from Offutt Air Force base
Once again we are indebted to Malcolm Tilley who has sent us in some fascinating newspaper cuttings from June 1982 as the RAF began to wind down Vulcan operations at Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska.
The main double-page spread feature begins, “The largest and oldest Royal Air Force detachment in the United States is ceasing operation this month. Originally established as a Transport Command Staging Post for the Far East Commitments, the detachment first began operations here approximately 25 years ago.”
Dated June 11th 1982, these newspaper features also shows Air Vice Marshall M.W.P. Knight,
who would later become a Trustee of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

On Friday we will have more details on the arrival of Vulcan XM573 at the Strategic Aerospace Museum as it was loaned to the site in honour of the long-standing relationship with the area.

Vulcans during the Cold War feature in March edition of ‘Aeroplane’
The March edition of ‘Aeroplane’ features a special Cold War section and has a nostalgic colour image of a Vulcan on its front cover.
Inside, seventy years on from Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, the magazine looks at some fascinating aspects over the years of East-West confrontation.
Available now in all good newsagents or you can find more details and order online or by pocket magazine subscription from their website here.
More aviation #shelfies
More a full library than a shelf, our thanks go today to Andrew Keech who sent in these images of his home office where he is able to enjoy his collection of books amassed over a lifetimes’ interest in aviation.
A very impressive collection, amassed over years of interest in aviation and a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Do you have any more like this (even if only a few shelves) with a less extensive book collection? We would love to see them all. Do send details and images to
Don’t miss your chance of some ‘Farewell to Flight’ memorabilia.
Some of our dedicated lines of ‘Farewell to Flight’ merchandise are now getting low and will not be repeated, so now is the ideal time to browse our web store to see if one of the items will be ideal for you, or that unique someone with a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion coming up.
Commemorative medal
Commissioned as a keep-sake of a momentous occasion, our ‘Farewell to Flight’ Medal is manufactured using a traditional style brass based die which is then struck and filled with enamel colours to a striking design. The medal has a weight of approx. 45g and being 50mm in diameter and 3mm in thickness, will feel surprisingly heavy when held. It is complemented with an AVRO winged monogrammed presentation box.
Showing both sides of the medal – a superb commemorative item for you to cherish.
The face of the medal depicts XH558 in her familiar wrap-around camouflage scheme with a white enamel background and gold borders. On the reverse is a head on view of 558 on the runway, air brakes and braking parachute deployed with a union flag background, symbolising the final landing of “The Spirit of Great Britain’s” illustrious flying career.
Other Vulcan XH558 ‘Farewell to Flight’ merchandise
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