RAF Lakenheath commander’s call gets Avro Vulcan XH558 to fly over Suffolk one last time after Clacton Airshow
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Britain’s most iconic jet aircraft is returning to Suffolk for one final howling visit tomorrow.
The Avro Vulcan bomber, which will also fly at the Clacton Airshow in Essex, will be performing a flypast at RAF Lakenheath, despite making what looked to be the jet’s last Suffolk journey in June.
Known by its military callsign, XH558 is the last of the Vulcans still flying. It is making the visit at the request of RAF Lakenheath’s US Air Force commander, Colonel Robert Novotny, of the 48th Fighter Wing.
Col Novotny has enthused about the air-show favourite on his Facebook page, announcing his intention to bring the plane to the base several months’ ago.
Announcing the visit this week, Col Novotony simply posted a link to an EADT story headlined “Could Lakenheath commander’s call bring Avro Vulcan back to Suffolk one last time?” along with the statement “Answer = yes”.
The aircraft is set to be escorted by Lakenheath’s F-15 jets and will arrive at 3.40pm.
The Avro Vulcan served in the RAF from 1956 until 1984, while the F-15 jets and their several variants have remained in US Air Force service since 1976.
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XH558 was last in Suffolk during its V-Force tour, when it visited every airfield where the Victor, Valiant and Vulcan bombers were based during the Cold War.
The jet, loved by aviation fans for its distinctive howl, is operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, who brought it back to flying condition after years of fundraising.
2015 is to be the last year XH558 ever flies after the trust ran out of spare parts, but it will be involved in high-speed taxi runs and educational work from 2016.
To find out more about the Vulcan and its final year of flight, visit www.vulcantothesky.org