The 57-year-old nuclear bomber is unlikely to ever fly again
But its owners promised to put it on public display early next year. Vulcan XH558, which flew for the last time 16 months ago, was towed from its hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to “hibernate” in temporary storage nearby.
But the Vulcan To The Sky Trust said it hopes to open a £1million exhibition centre within 12 months, which will also house another aircraft, the RAF veteran bomber Canberra.
The 57-year-old Vulcan is unlikely to fly again, but the trust hopes to be able to taxi it around the airport.
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XH558, which carried Britain’s nuclear deterrent, was based at the airfield, then RAF Finningley, during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. It has recently pulled in 1,000 visitors a month to its hangar.
Trust chief executive Dr Robert Pleming said: “It’s sad we’ve had to let quite a number of our team go.
"It’s sad for the volunteers who provided such amazing support for the tours. But we’re very hopeful of a bright future ahead of us.
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"I’m really confident that in about a year’s time we’ll be able to move into a new facility.
We’re very hopeful of a bright future ahead of us
Dr Robert Pleming
“In effect, the aircraft is hibernating for the time being.”
Steve Gill, airport chief executive, said: “Having the Vulcan here is a big part of our history and we want it to remain long into the future.
“We continue to work closely with the trust on plans for a new hangar to hold the aircraft for which a possible site has been identified.”
The Vulcan bomber was our nuclear deterrent during the Cold War
Vulcans are instantly recognisable for their distinctive triangular “delta” wings.
They were used in anger for longrange raids during the 1982 Falklands War on Argentine positions on Port Stanley airfield.
The 6,800 mile, 16-hour raids, which required air-to-air refuelling, were the longest ever carried out at the time.
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