Vulcan returns to Doncaster with plans for visitor centre
The last flying Vulcan touched down at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport last Tuesday, and is due to spend the summer there -- with the possibility of a much more extended stay.
Both the XH558 and her pilot, Squadron Leader Martin Withers, had been based at the airfield when it was RAF Finningley, 'home of the Vulcans'.
There are hopes that a visitor centre could be opened at the airfield to provide hospitality, information and a venue for events that could increase the organisation's commercial revenues, and that this could eventually be linked to a facility to inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians.
"We are thrilled that the last flying Vulcan has come home. We all feel that something very special could be created here," says Vulcan to the Sky Trust chief executive officer Dr Robert Pleming. "She received a wonderful welcome and the airport staff and local people could not have been more helpful."
One of the reasons Doncaster was selected is that it is a commercial rather than a military airfield, which could enable more people to see XH558.
Information will be added to the Vulcan To The Sky Website, Facebook page and Vulcan To The Sky newsletter as soon as facilities have been put in place.
Photo: XH558 and her crew were welcomed to Doncaster Sheffield Airport by Peel Airports CEO Craig Richmond. Left to Right: Andy Marson, Barry Masefield, Craig Richmond, Martin Withers and Paul Mulcahy, Chief Test Pilot at the Civil Aviation Authority