For the first time in 14 years an Avro Vulcan is back in the air. The UK-based group of restorers behind the project have overcome extraordinary obstacles to get this wonderful machine flying again. It made a 34min flight from RAF Bruntingthorpe yesterday. There are several movies rattling around but I think this is the best one.
You can read more about the project at the Vulcan to the Sky Trust site. Lots of V-force veterans shedding a tear and sharing a tale on Pprune of course. And a particularly nice pic of the Vulcan flying here. Addison Schonland talks to BBC journalist and Vulcan devotee Sean Maffett in this podcast.
All of this comes a bit over a year after I first wrote about the project. I still think there are questions to be asked about this sort of thing, but I’m massively impressed by the determination and organisation of the team who knuckled down and made this happen. Some of the Pprune folks are now discussing what aircraft should fly next.