14 October 2000

£1.5m appeal to save last Vulcan bomber

An appeal was launched yesterday to raise £1.5 million to save the last Vulcan bomber still in flying condition.

The delta-winged jets were flown by the RAF for nearly 30 years, providing the mainstay of Britain's Cold War nuclear deterrent. Enthusiasts, who formed the Vulcan Operating Company to buy the surviving plane from the RAF in 1993, hope to see it fly again in 2002 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the bomber's 50th anniversary.

They have received £437,500 from the American government towards the total restoration cost, put at £2.2 million, in exchange for the right to use the Vulcan for flight testing. The appeal was launched yesterday at Bruntingthorpe aerodrome in Leicestershire, where Vulcan was put on display.