SLIDESHOW: Vulcan bomber jets off on farewell tour

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Scores of people from across the region turned out to see the world’s last flying Vulcan bomber in action.

Cold War icon XH558, which is based at Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, took off for a marathon, nationwide Farewell To Flight today.

Vulcan XH558 takes off from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport on Saturday on a national tour. This will be the last time the Vulcan will fly around the UK before her retirement later this year.

Vulcan XH558 takes off from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport on Saturday on a national tour. This will be the last time the Vulcan will fly around the UK before her retirement later this year.

But the UK-wide tour will not be the last by the aircraft – with more farewell flights planned throughout this month.

Fans of the aircraft were told to stay away from Doncaster over fears too many spectators could cause traffic chaos and safety issues, causing the event to be scrapped.

But that didn’t stop enthusiasts turning out to witness a piece of history in the making.

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