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Vulcan bomber to fly over Chester as part of final tour

The Cold War bomber will fly over the region on October 11 before it is retired from the skies for good

The last flying Vulcan bomber which will make an appearance at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power(Image: Eric Coeckelberghs)

Aviation enthusiasts around Chester are in for a final treat as a Cold War nuclear bomber makes a flypast over the area next month.

Update: The Vulcan is no longer to fly over Chester

The last remaining flying Vulcan bomber XH558 will bring her flying career to a spectacular close in two sorties to cover the north and south of the country, giving as many people as possible a final opportunity to see the dramatic sight of a Vulcan in the air.

As part of the southern farewell tour, on Sunday, October 11 the flight plan which hasn’t been finalised and is subject to change currently shows the Vulcan routing over Hawarden with hopefully a flypast over Airbus Broughton then on to Dodleston, Pulford and Farndon.

The aircraft is being retired at the end of this season, thanks to high operating costs, and key companies supporting the project pulling their backing for the future.

Civil Aviation Authority regulations will prohibit the aircraft from flying without that support.

One of its last flights over Cheshire was at Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in June this year.

On Sunday, October 11 the Vulcan will be seen over the skies of Chester as part of its final tour

Vulcans played a key role for Britain during the Cold War period, and their ground-breaking design led directly to the development of Concorde. The model set to fly overhead, XH558, was the last Vulcan in service with the RAF as a single RAF display aircraft.

It will tour the Northern part of the UK on Saturday, October 10, and make a southern tour on Sunday, October 11.

Times for the flypast are due to be confirmed in the coming weeks. They will be published on the Vulcan's website, vulcantothesky.org , and on their social media.

 

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