The unique sound of four Rolls-Royce Olympus 202 engines at ground idle brought thousands of show-goers flooding out of Farnborough’s halls and chalets yesterday afternoon as Avro Vulcan B2 (XH558/G-VLCN) told the world that it was about to begin its second public display since 1992.

Avro Vulcan

Never the most smoke-free engines, the four Olympus 202s emitted their tell-tale plume of part-burnt kerosene as XH558 took to the Hampshire skies after a remarkably short take-off run – accompanied by a myriad car-alarms tricked into action by the crackling, vibrating roar that speaks of the god of fire and volcanoes after who the Vulcan is aptly named.

The Vulcan will fly again tomorrow and at the weekend. Don’t miss it!

AirSpace: more photos of the Vulcan

AirSpace: Vulcan gallery

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Source: Flight International