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    URGENT PRESS RELEASE - LATEST NEWS FROM VULCAN XH558 – issued 30th January 2009

    At the time of this press release, the ’09 Pledge Fund Scheme to raise £1million is coming to £250,000, which, in the harsh economic climate, is staggering in the 8 weeks it has been active.

    Thankfully, due to the continued support of sponsors & supporters, it has been possible to extend the deadline of the Pledge scheme to the end of February, in the hope a wide spread publicity campaign will save her.

    It is continued promotion, not only to the Aviation community, but to the wider public beyond, that will be key to our success in reaching the £1million goal in such a short period of time.

    The Vulcan to the Sky Club is therefore pleased to announce: The
    24 hour Vulcan Scramble! – a race against time to save XH558

    Taking place on Sunday 22nd February, father and son club members, Robert & Steven Lowe, from Newark on Trent, who conceived this idea, will be joined by Crew Chief Taff Stone, in one of the Vulcan to The Sky Teams’ Subaru 4x4 vehicles. The club is providing 100% logistical and promotional support.

    Starting in East Fortune with XM597 at 00.01 hours, the team will travel the length and breadth of the country, visiting all 15 existing Vulcan Airframes – hopefully within a 24 hour period.

    They will be joined on different legs by surprise guests and staged events to encourage them on their way.

    Fellow club members will be acting as coordinators at each location, liaising with the museums involved, creating a presence on the day to welcome the team, as they stop by to change drivers, snap a picture and carry on with their challenge. Supporters will help explain the event and our plight to all the visitors, backed up with promotional posters and leaflets explaining the Pledge fund and the many ways people can help save the aircraft.

    With 850+ miles to cover, 18 hour 50 minutes journey time, it only leaves 15 minutes spare at each location – and that does not allow for traffic. At all times, speed limits will be observed. It is the challenge and raising of public interest in XH558 that most appeals to the team.

    All locations have expressed fantastic support for this initiative and we would like to thank them for their encouragement and invaluable help, not only in the planning stage, but in the operation of this event.

    A dedicated page explaining the challenge and giving full details will be available soon off the main website www.vulcantothesky.com
    Here, the time remaining, progress details and pledges or donations received, will be updated for all to see, together with links to partake in sponsoring of the event.

    On the day, a central control room at Bruntingthorpe, “Scramble HQ” will track the team and give updated details as they progress along the route. Staff there will process Pledges collected en-route and enter onto the on-line system. You will be able to watch the progress of this event, add additional sponsorship or pledges and see the results as they happen. Official collecting tins and any donations received on the day will be added to the running total.

    By the early hours of Monday 23rd February, the club aim to have not only raised a significant level of interest, but a not too insignificant level of further funding!(Message Ends)

    Look out for more details of this event on the official VULCAN TO THE SKY WebPages soon:

    XH558 is the only airworthy Vulcan in the world. Restored to flight after nearly 15 years at a cost of £7million. She now faces grounding forever, unless an additional £750,000 can be raised in February enabling funds for another full air show season. Last year, she appeared in front of over 1.5 million people.
    She inspires immense pride in all who see her. A full education programme is built around her, not only telling the story of the cold war era, but the value of science and technology in inspiring future engineers.
    She was the “mother of concorde” - Can you help us save this ICONIC BRITISH AIRCRAFT?

    Any Press or Media wishing more information should contact: Richard Clarke - 07714 898548
    For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact: Michael Trotter – 07803 141483

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    With many thanks to one of our dedicated supporters, an official
    PLEDGE VIDEO has been posted to YouTube.

    Please see: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JaBajcF9toE

    It reminds us of what we are fighting for.
    Any support you can give will be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Any Press or Media wishing more information should contact: Richard Clarke - 07714 898548
    For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact: Michael Trotter – 07803 141483

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    would be a shame not to see this fly again

    money pledged.

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    Thank you for your support.

    We would also like to offer our thanks to your forum admin in allowing us this thread, in order to bring you updates on this project.


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    I live near RAF Brize Norton and being an ex airframe tech it would be a shame to see her go. I saw her a few times fly over the house during the summer, immense! Also had tickets for Fairford, shame it didn't go ahead!

    Just pledged some money, come on guys dig deep, some might say in these difficult times that something has to give! I for one think this is an important aircraft and will keep giving.

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    I have seen this aircraft at Brunty many times, even posted pics on here, when I was doing test work on the track. The last time I saw one flying was at Finningley in about 1989. A truly inspiring aircraft . . . .

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    A realy impressive aircraft and needs to be treasured. I am quite often at Manchester Airport and at the viewing park there is serious work going on to build a hanger to protect Concorde, yet another amazing aircraft.

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    Vulcan on brink of closure; has last flight already occurred?

    The Vulcan Effect

    Over last summer Vulcan XH558 made a triumphant return to air displays around the UK. She was the star of the show wherever she appeared, generating such a strong reaction from her 1.5million audience that the media were moved to call it the Vulcan Effect.
    What has truly surprised and pleased is the reaction of youngsters seeing the Vulcan for the first time. There are very few sights and sounds with the power to stimulate and inspire the young, but the Vulcan in flight is indisputably one of them.
    That was last summer. Unfortunately the Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST) has to announce today that the prospects of seeing the Vulcan fly again in 2009 are currently looking very poor.

    Grim future for the Vulcan team

    VTST is running out of cash. The current conditions – an economic “Perfect Storm” – are making corporate sponsorship increasingly difficult to secure, and recessionary fears are understandably limiting the flow of charitable donations.
    The Trust has just enough money to pay the wages bill at the end of the month. As the result, last Monday, VTST had to put all of its employees on one month’s notice.
    Whilst huge numbers of people saw the Vulcan display last summer, by contrast, hardly anyone appears to know of XH558’s plight now.
    Only the further generosity of the public can now save the Vulcan. £1million is needed to keep going this year, and secure the financial footing for the future.

    Pledges are the way forward

    Just before Christmas, VTST started a Pledge campaign, looking for promises of donations which could be called in once the target had been reached. The response has been good, today reaching £260,000. At least £150,000 can be added from other sources to this amount.
    We are hoping that the public will want to see the amazing Vulcan fly again this year. The public need to help us by pledging now, either through our website
    www.vulcantothesky.org or by phone to our office on 0116 247 8145. Even the smallest pledge helps, because it is people in their thousands who make the difference.
    The very real danger is that we won’t get near enough to our target of £1million by the end of the month. If we don’t, the Trust will be destined to rapidly go into administration, which would inevitably lead to the sale of the aircraft, probably to an American buyer. What a terrible waste of all the money, effort and heartache which went into restoring XH558 back to flight.

    It’s quite remarkable that £50million can be raised for a Titian that will be seen by only a few thousand people a year, but that we are struggling to raise a fiftieth of that amount for another stirringly beautiful British creation that will be seen by millions every year.
    Immediate action is required if this great British icon is to continue honouring the past and inspiring the future. Apart from pledging donations, supporters are also encouraged to sign the petition at
    http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/vulcan-XH558/

    -ends-

    Editor’s Information
    The Avro Vulcan was designed in the late 1940’s by the same team that built the Avro Lancaster, to carry the British atomic bomb. Despite the modern aspects of her design, only eleven years separated the first flight of the Vulcan from the first flight of the Lancaster. Surprisingly, the Vulcan’s first flight in 1952 is nearer in time to the Wright Brothers first ever flight in 1903 than it is to today.
    The Vulcan is a stunning example of the best of British engineering. What other creations still stop people in their tracks 56 years after their first appearance?
    Vulcan XH558, is the only flying Vulcan in the world, and is also the oldest complete Vulcan anywhere. She represents the over 300 bombers which made up the UK’s contribution to the NATO strategy of deterrence. The RAF’s V-Force helped save the world during the bleak and dangerous years of the Cold War. Our Vulcan is now an inspiring tribute to the hundreds of thousands of dedicated service men and women who maintained and flew the aircraft. She is a vital part of Britain’s heritage.
    Some twelve years ago in 1997, the effort to return her to flight was started. One-by-one, the vast number of tasks to get her flying again were completed, not the least of which was raising the £7million it eventually needed to complete the restoration.
    £2.7million of this came from the Heritage Lottery Fund, who recognized the importance of the Vulcan to the Nation. Further contributions came in kind from the aerospace industry and the Royal Air Force, including significant support from Marshall of Cambridge. But the majority of the cash came from an entirely supportive public, who desperately wanted to see her fly again.
    For more information on the Vulcan, please contact either:
    Richard Clarke:
    07714 898548 /
    richard@rclarke7.wanadoo.co.uk
    or Michael Trotter:
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    mtrotter@vulcantothesky.org


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    ill be up at Cov airport for the fly by today at 10.20 any one else be there ?

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    What fly by? Damn, damn and damn again. Post some pics if you can, please

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