Airfix A50097 Avro Vulcan B Mk2 XH558: Vulcan To The Sky Gift Set 1:72 Scale ** Limited Availability **
Without doubt, one of the most famous aircraft in the history of British aviation, Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 thrilled Airshow crowds as the last flying RAF Display Flight Vulcan until 1992, when she performed her final display and was sold by the MoD. Somewhat unbelievably, XH558 triumphantly returned to the skies once more fifteen years later, following a high profile public fund raising campaign and the award of a significant UK lottery grant. This magnificent aircraft became the darling of the Airshow circuit once more, proudly carrying the name ‘Spirit of Great Britain’ on her nose and attracting huge crowds wherever she was due to perform. The withdrawal of official engineering support saw the aircraft finally grounded for good in 2015, but not before millions of people turned out to catch one last glimpse of the mighty Vulcan, as she completed a national farewell tour.
XH558 was the last Vulcan to leave the RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan, a career of 33 years. Her final flight was on 23rd March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold off by the Ministry of Defence.
In 1997, a small team headed by Dr Robert Pleming started to put together an audacious plan to return her to flight, but it was clear from the start that the project would be technically challenging and enormously expensive. Never deterred, the team set off down the path that led to XH558's return to the air.
Finally, fourteen years after its last service and with over £7 million spent, Vulcan XH558 roared into the air again on Thursday 18th October 2007, a perfect day for flying. An unforgettable day for the Vulcan to the Sky team.
Paint Scheme - Avro Vulcan B Mk2 XH558
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