Friday, July 22, 2011

FlyPast 2009-09

It has been a mixed start to the airshow season for Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558 (G-VLCN). After the initial successes of displays at Brize Norton family's day, Cosford airshow and Volkel in the Netherlands in June, the big delta missed the prestigious RAF Waddington Airshow on July 4, as its Permit to Fly hadn't been renewed. The aircraft appeared in the static display, much to the disappointment of the tens of thousands who came to see it fly. A statement from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST), which operates XH558, said: "As part of the 2005-2007 major servicing, a number of structural inspections had to be deferred because it was not feasible to complete them on XH558's airframe. It was planned by VTST and Marshal Aerospace, in agreement with BAE Systems and the Civil Aviation Authority, that these inspections would be carried out before the renewal of XH558's Permit to Fly on July 3,2009, using the airframe of BAE Systems-owned Vulcan XM603 at Woodford, as part of the scrapping process of this aircraft.