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Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

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F3
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Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

Post by F3 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:03 pm

Yesterday I was very privileged to be given a walk around of Vulcan XH558 and Canberra WK163 by Dr. Robert Pleming as a result of contacting him during my research on a future project. I was pleased to find them both in excellent condition despite their current life in the open and that work has commenced on a hangar for them. Tours of XH558 are being arranged which feature turbo starting of the engines (check out the Vulcan to the Sky website for details as one is coming up next month). Work on the restoration of the Canberra to flying condition cannot get underway until the hangar (or alternative premises) is available but they have succeeded in acquiring five Avon engines. Efforts appear to be currently focussed on getting funding in place for the project which seem certain to involve a public petition at some stage, so if you would like to ever see a Canberra on the display circuit again please sign when the opportunity arises.

ImageXH558 - Three quarters frontal by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageXH558 - Frontal by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageXH558 - Nose by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageXH558 - Sqn. badges on crew door (1) by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageXH558 - Side view by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageCommer turbo starter vehicle by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageWK 163 - Port side by Michael Britton, on Flickr

ImageWK 163 - Side view by Michael Britton, on Flickr

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Re: Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

Post by dollar99 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:21 pm

Very nice. That's positive news for the potential future for the Canberra :clap:
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Re: Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

Post by paddyboy » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:50 am

Hi Mick :P

I won't hold my breath for a return to flight :roll:

Thanks for posting :thumb:

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Re: Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

Post by GaryS » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:45 am

Why go for that Canberra when there was a perfectly good air worthy one available at Kemble at the time?
Just couldn't resist the monthly public appeals? :ninja: :ninja:
I know it's an 'historic' frame but even so...

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Re: Vulcan + Canberra Tour @ DSA

Post by F3 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:24 am

GaryS wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:45 am
Why go for that Canberra when there was a perfectly good air worthy one available at Kemble at the time?
Just couldn't resist the monthly public appeals? :ninja: :ninja:
I know it's an 'historic' frame but even so...
Was XH134 available at the time tho'? I understand Midair Sqn. only closed down and put their assets up for sale in 2015 by which time the Vulcan to the sky Trust may have actually acquired WK163 or at least committed themselves. The world alt. record is obviously a unique selling point when it comes to applying for Lottery funding etc. She is aviation's equivalent of The Flying Scotsman. As you acknowledge a historically significant air frame. Hopefully XH134 will find a buyer but regrettably is unlikely ever to be flown again, unless abroad.

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