Fundraising to keep Avro Vulcan flying succeeds
Thursday, March 12, 2009
VTST, the trust that returned the bomber to flying condition, requires £80,000 per month to cover maintenance costs and faced a shortfall due to the loss of corporate sponsorship as a result of the credit crunch.
The trust fought to keep the aircraft from being grounded or sold to a collector in the United States by turning to grassroots campaigning. This included a letter writing campaign to MPs, street collections, and the mobilisation of James Bond fans.
XH558 was returned to flying condition after 15 years of repairs and fundraising. In the summer of 2008 it flew again for the first time since its retirement in 1993.
Once a cornerstone of the United Kingdom's independent nuclear deterrent, the Vulcan bomber has earned a sentimental place in the hearts of the general public and aviation enthusiasts alike.
- "Vulcan bomber faces last outing" — , February 17, 2009
- "Vulcan appeal reaches fund target" — , March 6, 2009
- "Last Vulcan bomber saved thanks to pledge drive" — , March 9, 2009
- "Bond fans called on to help save Vulcan bomber" — , March 2, 2009
- Robert Pleming. "Vulcan now truly "The People's Aircraft"" — , March 6, 2009