Iconic Vulcan bomber will fly at display after appeal raised £15,000
Thousands of show enthusiasts will see the world's only surviving Vulcan bomber in the sky after a local appeal raised £15,000 to cover its costs.
Iconic XH558, which was a Cold War deterrent based at RAF Waddington near Lincoln, is now owned by a private trust.
And it will definitely make an appearance at the Bournemouth Air Festival on Sunday, September 1.
Maggie Keet at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum launched a fundraising campaign after the Vulcan To the Sky Trust, based at Robin Hood Doncaster Airport, confirmed that it couldn't guarantee the aircraft's appearance.
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With the help of sponsors, the target was passed and now the Vulcan will thrill crowds at the south coast event.
Maggie Keet, who is also a Vulcan trust supporter, said: "There had been fears that XH558 would not be visiting due the cost of a display, which is more than £10,000.
"That triggered a fundraising effort from the Bournemouth members of Vulcan to the Sky, who set up a Just Giving page and collected donations via members of Bournemouth Aviation Museum.
"We hit the target in two weeks and went on to total more than £15,000."
Adrian Gunner is managing director of sponsors Merley House.
"The Vulcan is such an iconic aircraft with an enormous following and I knew from my parents at a very early age what a special aeroplane it really is."
Another sponsor, Lord Young, said: "I grewn up near RAF Benson in Buckinghamshire and saw Vulcans regularly as a child. I've been passionate about aircraft from the age of 14."
Bournemouth Air Festival director Jon Weaver said: "It's fantastic that through generous fundraising efforts the Vulcan will now be making an appearance."