Avro Vulcan Bomber ( XH558) - Last Flight over Cheshire at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
The last airworthy Vulcan (XH558) was restored to flying condition by the "Vulcan to the Sky Trust" after years of effort and fundraising. The first post-restoration flight, which lasted 34 minutes, took place on 18 October 2007.
The aircraft's airworthiness status was in peril as maintenance funding was in need before the end of February 2010. At the last moment an anonymous benefactor presented £458,000 to the foundation, ensuring its airworthiness for both its 50th birthday and the prospect of a flight performance for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games opening ceremony in London.
It is currently based at Doncaster/Sheffield Robin Hood Airport, formerly RAF Finningley.
It has been confirmed by the Trust that the 2015 display will be the last that the Vulcan is able to fly. This is due to the withdrawal of support from the "technical authorities" whom without, the aircraft is prohibited from flying, under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) regulations. The aircraft structure and systems are 10% beyond the flying hours of any other Vulcan, meaning identifying signs of fatigue and stress failure has become more difficult