On 25th September, Vulcan XH558 flew over each of the 10 RAF stations where Great Britain’s nuclear deterrent aircraft (the V-Force) were based, tipping her giant delta wings to honour those who were ready to give their lives for their country.
Vulcan to the Sky Trust chief executive Dr. Robert Pleming, said: “Because there were no great battles, we often forget the bravery of those who fought in the Cold War.”
“This is a period of remarkable tension, courage and technical innovation that shaped our lives over four decades.”
“At its peak, our airmen were ready to fly East with just 90 seconds notice, knowing there may be no England to fly home to.”
A unique commemorative route map is being designed as a gift for those who support the Cold War Tour with a donation of £25 or more.
Supporters who help to make the flight possible will also receive a Cold War Tour 2014 collector’s certificate.
Those who would like a more permanent tribute, perhaps to a relative or loved-one, are invited to place a name and a dedication in XH558’s Cold War Season Book of Dedications that will fly in the aircraft during the tour before having names hand-written onto the pages over the winter.
A contribution of £60 is requested for this tribute, which will be displayed in XH558’s period hangar, visited by more than 15,000 people each year.
All profits from these activities will be used to maintain Vulcan XH558.
Dr Pleming added: “She is the most dramatic reminder of the bravery and innovation of this unique period.”
“Seeing her fly inspires people of all ages, taking the story of British heroism and technical excellence to new generations.”
This will be the last of Vulcan XH558’s flights in 2014, a year that the charity has dedicated to remembering the heroes of the Cold War.