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Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Deadline Nears For VTST Name Program

Names For Inclusion On The Historic Vulcan Aircraft Must Be Submitted By June 17

In a fitting tribute to one of its longest-serving aircraft in this, the 100th year of the RAF’s formation, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) is proud to offer a limited-time opportunity for people to place their chosen name on a set of plaques on the underside of Vulcan XH558’s delta wing. Thousands of supporters and members of the public have already taken advantage of this unique opportunity and with only seven days left before this initiative closes, those who have not done so are strongly urged to do so at the earliest opportunity.

XH558 first entered RAF service in 1960 and after a varied career spanning nearly 33 years, completed her military flying career as the sole remaining Vulcan on the RAF inventory, acting as the display aircraft between 1986 and 1992 and making her final flight in service on 23rd March 1993.

In 33 years of service, the aircraft served her country and then went on to create her own fame in the custody and care of VTST, being the undisputed star of public air displays for a further eight seasons.

XH558 returned to the skies again in October 2007, after perhaps the most complex and demanding aircraft restoration project ever completed anywhere in the world. It enabled eight more years of awe-inspiring displays in front of millions of people, creating a phenomenon that would become known as ‘The Vulcan Effect’.

XH558’s final flight was made on 28th October 2015. She has become possibly the most memorable and popular individual aircraft which is no longer  no longer flying since Concorde.

As an icon of British aeronautical design excellence, she is now destinined to spend her ground-running life as the centerpiece of an new inspirational Heritage Hangar at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Your chosen name could be part of aviation history – featured on an icon of British aeronautical design in perpetuity, but this opportunity now closes at midnight on Sunday 17th June 2018.

"As we approach the end of this successful initiative it is most gratifying and not surprising that there has been such huge interest in the chance to place names on this iconic and much loved aircraft," said Dr. Robert Pleming, speaking on behalf of VTST who own and maintain XH558. "The personalized certificates that come with each name; are being presented as gifts, with people thinking of relatives and friends who might have a big occasion coming up during the course of this year.”

The names will be added permanently to the underside of Vulcan XH558’s Wing; with each dedication receiving a personalised certificate that acts as a commemorative receipt for the requested donation of just £30. Perfect for personal indulgence, and certainly as gifts or in memoriam of a loved-one.

Support for this plaque will contribute to the Trust’s work to secure the new home for XH558 and to build a brighter future for heritage aircraft preservation, restoration and operation. XH558 will help provide inspiration for a whole new generation of engineering and technical talent by enthusing youngsters with the excitement of aviation.

(Images provided with VTST news release and from file)

FMI: www.vulcantothesky.org

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