Tuesday, July 08, 2008

First Flight

...for the Vulcan in public. In a long time, anyway:

Thousands of people turned out to see a Cold War bomber's first flight at an airshow in 15 years.

The Vulcan, which cost £7m to restore, flew in a five minute display at The RAF Waddington International Air Show in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

The Civil Aviation Authority gave permission for the plane to fly from its base in Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire on Friday.

About 125,000 people turned out to see the Vulcan's milestone flight.

Some 20,000 people have contributed to the restoration fund for the bomber.

Always nice to see old Cold Warriors being restored and flown instead of the fate so many of them face.

Here's a couple of vids of the restored Vulcan (XH558) back in action:

h/t: Alert 5