Avro Vulcan XH558 bomber flies over Gloucestershire VIDEO
AN iconic giant of the sky - the Avro Vulcan XH558 delta wing bomber - staged a flypast over Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton yesterday (Saturday).
The enormous aircraft was carrying out a Diamond Jubilee tour on September 29, flying past locations relevant to the type’s development and service life.
More than 5,000 people lined the roads around Staverton and at Gloucestershire Airport to watch the epic event.
Steve Large posted this video onto his largie003 Youtube account of the Vulcan XH558 bomber from the runway at Staverton:
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Cordialav.co.uk shot this video at Staverton:
Thanks to Vanessa Kendall for this video of the Vulcan taken from a field next to Dundry Nurseries:
Andy Cookson loaded this footage of the Vulcan over Staverton onto his Fuzz944 Youtube account:
This video, posted on Youtube by Potsworth, sees the Vulcan flying over the M5 motorway. Best footage starts at 1min 14 seconds into this video:
Cpocketts posted this video of the Vulcan on Youtube:
Fastshow captured the Vulcan at Gloucestershire Airport:
Marcus Edwards posted this video of the Vulcan on his darkwaterblack Youtube account:
Wacedayz posted this video of a double flypast:
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Staverton’s connection to the iconic aircraft might not be immediately obvious but with the ‘Smiths Industries’ name - synonymous with Bishop’s Cleeve - still emblazoned on many of her instruments and ‘Dowty’ stamped on her undercarriage and fuel system components, the link becomes clearer.
An approach to the Airport’s main runway 27 would also take her close to GCHQ, where, at the height of her Cold War days, the secret, behind-the-scenes activities may well have played a role in her standing at readiness with nuclear weapons strapped aboard.
Although the Vulcan did not land at Staverton, the Jet Age Museum was opening up the cockpit of its own Vulcan exhibit at the Flying Shack from 10am for cockpit tours. For a donation towards the museum’s building fund, visitors will be able to climb aboard the mighty machine.
Airport head of operations, Darren Lewington said: - “We’re delighted that the Vulcan XH558 will be in our airspace. Staverton remains at the heart of the region’s aerospace industry, which has helped to create some of the world’s finest aircraft over the years. The iconic shape and ear splitting roar of her Olympus engines will certainly turn heads on Saturday. Hopefully, it won’t generate too many complaints!"
The Vulcan Twitter handle is: @XH558
Gloucestershire Airport Twitter handle is: @GlosAirport