Vulcan bomber flies again

13 February 2008

This Avro Vulcan XH558 bomber, seen flying over Leicestershire, is the only air-worthy Vulcan bomber in the world.

The aircraft's 34minute flight from Bruntingthorpe airfield took place after it was grounded in 1993, after a 33- year career in the RAF, it was last airbourne in 1993.

Aerco has helped to restore the aircraft, acting as a consulting company on connector requirements. The company provided data and drawings of connectors and contacts originally used on the aircraft. Aerco also supplied samples and production connectors at subsidised prices to help the project.

The 34minute flight marked the end of a 10-year effort by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust. A team of 24 engineers has spent two years, and £6 million, making the supersonic jet air-worthy. It is hoped that the aircraft will become a regular sight at air shows from 2008 onwards.

Designed by A.V. Roe and Company, the Vulcan is a delta-winged bomber that was used by the RAF from 1956 to 1984 including in the 1982 Falklands War.

Funds are still needed. To find out more about this project, visit

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