Fantastic Video of the Last Flying Vulcan Bomber during a stunning performance at the Beachy Head white cliffs

Avro Vulcan Bomber XH558 made a stunning performance at the Beachy Head Cliffs, Eastbourne Airshow 2015.

Avro Vulcan XH558 (carrying civil registration G-VLCN), is the only airworthy bomber of a fleet of 134 Vulcan V bombers operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984.

The aircraft, made its maiden flight in 1960, was converted in maritime recce role in 1973 and then flew as an aerial refueler from 1982 until 1984, when it was retired from active service.

It continued to fly with the RAF’s Vulcan Display Flight, performing until 1992.

It was brought back to airworthy condition by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, through a combination of public donations and lottery funding, in 2007 and returned to flight on Oct. 18 of the same year.

Its display career restarted in 2008, funded by continuing donations and after attending several airshows in the past years, that gained the plane two extra years of flying; however, on May 15 2015 it was announced that 2015 would be the Vulcan XH558 last flying season.

Before being retired, the aircraft performed a stunning display at the 500ft Beachy Head white cliffs, a really great place to see one of the last flypasts of the legendary plane.


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  1. If you’d like to watch an excellent documentary on how well the Vulcan performed on its one and only war-time mission (during the Falklands war), watch this amazing story:

    Long ago, I saw a Vulcan the Brits has sent to an air show at Boeing Field in Seattle. Wish I’d known enough at the time to appreciate it.

  2. the bomber will always get through? the bomber vs. missiles game unfolded … The strategic bombers, whose names all started with the letter “V” and which were known collectively as the V-class, were the Vickers Valiant (first flew 1951, entered service 1955), Avro Vulcan (first flew 1952, in service 1956) and Handley Page Victor
    (first flew 1952, in service 1958). The V-Bomber force reached its peak
    in June 1964, with 50 Valiants, 70 Vulcans and 39 Victors in service. then the vietnam war showed how vulnerable the bomber was.

    but i still love those airframes of the 50ies :)

  3. Beautiful thing… I really hope UK aircraft engineering hasn’t been lost. The Taranis should show. :)

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