We in the UK are very good at looking after our historic castles, stately homes and monuments, but when it comes to preserving icons of our wonderful engineering heritage it can be a different story.
That's why the Vulcan to the Sky Trust do such a fantastic job in keeping the last surviving V-Force bomber, XH558, airworthy. With only charitable donations and occasional corporate support to rely on, the trust admits it lives a hand to mouth existence in raising the £2 million needed each year to keep the iconic delta-winged aircraft in the air.
So it is to be hoped that a significant coup pulled off by the trust will help raise its profile - and much needed cash - during its 60th birhtday next year (XH558 itself dates from 1960).
To mark another 60th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, the aircraft is being renamed The Spirit of Great Britain, and with the blessing of Buckingham Palace will take part in next year's celebrations of Her Majesty's coming to the throne.
Throughout the year, XH558 will carry a leather bound book of good wishes containing names of individuals, families and businesses. It will be presented to Her Majesty at the end of the season.
Although negotiations are still taking place, Vulcan to the Sky Trust chief executive Dr Robert Pleming says he would love the Vulcan to take part in a tribute flypast for Her Majesty, possibly including an appearance over all four capital cities of the kingdom.
"This is going to be a fabulous celebration of everything that is Great in Britain," he enthuses. "It's a dynamic, powerful reminder of the best that we as a nation can achieve."
Three members of the Royal Family have flown the Vulcan: the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Prince Michael of Kent, who was at the event on Wednesday in London to launch the plans.
Next year also marks the 30th anniversary of the only time the Cold War bomber was used in anger, during the Falklands campaign, when on 1 May 1982 Sqn Ldr Martin Withers led a bombing raid on the Argentinian-occupied Port Stanley airfield.
You can keep abreast with next year's activities on www.vulcantothesky.org
Meanwhile, you can never get enough of these images (courtesy John Dibbs).