Doncaster Vulcan set for Yorkshire air show swansong

The Vulcan XH558.
The Vulcan XH558.
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The world’s last remaining flying Vulcan bomber could make her final appearance in the skies above her Yorkshire home.

XH558, which is based at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport, has been confirmed for a flypast appearance at the inaugural Great Yorkshire Air Show on September 26.

The show, at Leeds East Airport, Church Fenton is currently the last confirmed flight by the iconic Cold War aircraft which is set to be retired from the air at the end of this summer.

The Vulcan will be the star of an action packed line-up including displays by the much loved hero of WWII, the Spitfire and US hero, the Mustang.

Also on the bill are a Meteor T7, the De Havilland Venom and Vampire. The versatile Avro Anson will alsomake an appearance along with a rotary display by the Bell Huey, made famous by US military for its use in Vietnam and will be joined by another old favourite the Hughes Loach. The Royal Navy star Hawker Sea Fury T-20 will also be on show for the day along with a Havard Fleet Air Arm aircraft.

The Gnats are back in the air with an impressive 2-ship display, formerly of the Red Arrows and the RAF’s Advanced Jet Trainer before the BAe Hawk came along, the pilot would then graduate from the Gnat to fly the Hawker Hunter, of which the two-seat version will be on display. If you like aerobatics then you will love Tom Cassell’s Global Stars daring acrobatics, this really is something to be seen.

There’s plenty more on show from the historic and WWII contingent with a DC-47, a Miles Magister, a Yak 18 the infamous B-17 Bomber and from across the Channel there will be the French Broussard.

Making up the bi-plane group are the Pitts Special, Bücker Jungmann used by Luftwaffe, a De Havilland Dragon Rapideand a special visit by the Fokker DR1 tri-plane. The ever popular shoulder wing aircraft are also coming along with a husky, a Comper Swift, Aeronica Aviat and if you like something a little quieter, there’s even a glider on show.

There’s lots to do on the ground too with a vintage fun fair, market traders, RAF simulators and the Fenton Food Village.

Tickets are on sale now at www.yorkshireairshow.co.uk

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