Iconic Vulcan bomber to fly over Hampshire

The Vulcan in flight.
The Vulcan in flight.

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RESIDENTS in Hampshire will have the opportunity to witness the final voyage of one of the UK’s most iconic bombers, the Vulcan.

Throughout this month the Cold War icon XH558 will be taking part in a nationwide Farewell To Flight sortie, beginning this weekend.

People living in the north of the county will have a chance to glimpse it when it flies past Basingstoke and Aldershot on Sunday, October 11.

However, fans of the Vulcan living in Portsmouth will need to travel, as the jet is not due to pass over the city for the spectacle.

The action is being staged by the aircraft’s owners, Vulcan To The Sky Trust, with the plane flying in the north of the county on Saturday before visiting the south of the UK.

It will see the bomber flying over RAF Waddington, Rutland Water, North Weald Airfield, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Manston, Dover, Ashford, Dunsfold, Farnborough, Middle Wallop, Old Sarum, Bristol Airport, Filton, Cardiff Airport, St. Athan, Staverton Glos Airport, RAF Brize Norton, Wellesbourne, Bruntingthorpe and Newark.

A spokesman for the organisers said: ‘This coming weekend, XH558 will take-off on two large orbital tours of the country, visiting as many places as we can sensibly cover within the operational constraints and time we have available.

‘With flight times expected to be over three and a half hours each day, we also have to consider the limits of fuel-load and of course, the comfort of our flight crews in very cramped and high workload conditions.’

Speaking of the decision not to fly over Portsmouth, the spokesman added: ‘We are not allowed to fly near major built-up area. So it’s been tough to be able to get the Vulcan around as much of the country as possible.’

Times have yet to be confirmed and will be published in a VTTS newsletter on Friday, but the flights are expected to start after lunch each day.

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