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The Vulcan XH558 & General Aviation Thread

Posted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:28 pm
by minty4371
Just a short word about Vulcan XH558. She is on the verge of being sold off if the owners haven't found £1million by 6pm on 6th March 2009. She has been rebuilt using HLF money and flew in 2008 quite a number of times. There is a piece about the project in the diary pages of this website. We cannot let another piece of British Heritage be lost, possibly sold to America. :(

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:15 pm
by Mike Bull
I support the Vulcan as a magnificent aircraft, and the engineers who work on it and the crew who operate it, but as for the management behind it... :roll:

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:07 pm
by Drewski
Its a realy pity that the powers that be, consider using Lottery funding for Ballet schools instead of what really matters.

But then again Bankers are allowed to bring the country to a state of emergency then insist they be allowed to keep their three quarters of a million pension....... :evil:

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:07 pm
by minty4371
The Heritage Lottery is a non starter. They have looked into it and they will NOT give money for running costs, only for restoration. £525,166 has been pledged so far. We are on the downhill slope towards £1m (or £850,000, depending on which story you believe).:) Nice article in the Mail On Sunday today and on the online version of the paper.
Robert Bester - Vulcan to the Sky Club Member 11908

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:26 pm
by Renegadenemo
HLF didn't want to contribute to the Vulcan project in the first place. Strings were pulled at a very high level.

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:43 pm
by minty4371
OK, I didn't realise.

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:32 am
by KW Mitchell
At the end of 2007 in a conversation with my very good friend, ACM Sir John Willis - an ex. Vulcan pilot and avid supporter of the 'Vulcan to the Sky' project - he expressed his concerns to me that unless a major sponsor was found (to the tune of £3-4 Million), the longterm prospects were not good.

Sadly, he died quite unexpectedly in early 2008 so was denied the satisfaction of seeing it return to the air that Summer.

As a supporter and contributor to the project, I do very much hope that the shortfall is reached by the March deadline. One does ultimately hope that a major sponsor is found, but the prospects against a worsening economic background do not seem good -----.

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:48 am
by minty4371
I will post here on Friday when I know what has happened.

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:18 pm
by minty4371
Just passed £600,000. Onwards and upwards. :)

Re: Vulcan XH558

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:46 pm
by minty4371
£706,326 raised a moment ago. Onwards and Upwards.