Club Meeting - The Vulcan Bomber Story

Tue 11th August 2015 at 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Speaker: Flt.Lt. Paddy Langdown RAF (Rtd) "The last flying Vulcan bomber" representing the charity "Vulcan to the Sky"

Vulcan Bomber

The speaker at a recent “Guest Night” was Flight Lieutenant Paddy Langdown (RAF Rtd) who gave a comprehensive account of the history of the Avro Vulcan bomber. The last flying Vulcan will cease flying later this year but will still be the highlight of many Air Shows in the coming months and will still form the centrepiece display of the charity trust “Vulcan to the Sky”.

Vulcan XH558 was fully restored following the award of funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund after she was purchased for the nation by the charity.

The Avro Vulcan is an iconic example of British aerospace engineering at its world-beating best. Its impressive list of technical achievements includes being the first successful large delta wing aircraft, leading directly to Concorde and the Space Shuttle, and delivering performance and agility so close to a jet fighter’s that it was given a fighter-style control column in place of the traditional bomber pilot’s yoke. Today that agility allows XH558 to deliver amazing air displays, which unfortunately must finish this year as her time as a flying aircraft draws to an end.

But XH558 is not just for the pleasure of seeing her giant delta profile appear low over the trees and pull up near vertically as she climbs high into the sky. She is an iconic example of that remarkable period of intense post-war innovation that made British aviation technology the envy of the world. As the many displays at her hangar demonstrate, this allowed her to play a fascinating role in keeping the peace during the Cold War, a period of terrifying global tension. It’s a truly remarkable story.

“Vulcan to the Sky” Trust already has an established education programme, working with schools, colleges and other organisations. In her new life, still able to accelerate dramatically along the runway, XH558 will build on this exciting provenance to inspire and educate new generations of young people, focussing on the technical skills that our country needs so badly.

For more information about this iconic aeroplane visit