Cold war icon makes first take off for 17 years off at former airbase

The Vulcan leaves Robin Hood Airport for it's first official flight. Picture: Liz Mockler D8888LM
The Vulcan leaves Robin Hood Airport for it's first official flight. Picture: Liz Mockler D8888LM
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THE roar of a Vulcan bomber taking off returned to Doncaster for the first time in nearly 20 years.

The last flying example of the type took off yesterday, for the first time since it made Robin Hood its summer home. The plane passed over the roofs of homes in the north of the borough.

It was the bomber’s first take off there since the last at RAF Finningley airport in 1994.

Plane spotters gathered for the occasion to watch the jet return to the skies.

The flight was the last of what are known as currency flights, designed for pilots to keep their flying hours up so they are ready to take the plane out for the summer air display season.

The airport, when it was still RAF Finningley, was the bomber’s base during the 1960s. The trust which runs the aircraft is still trying to raise £160,000 by the end of May to keep the iconic jet in the air. Visit www.vulcantothesky.org, call 0845 504 6558, or donate £3 by texting VULCAN to 82055.