The chance to see a Vulcan up close and personal, and hear remarkable tales from its chief pilot is on the cards in Doncaster.
Members of the Isle of Axholme Lions Club are organising the ‘Dinner with Vulcan XH558’ evening later this year, which will be held in the hangar at Robin Hood Airport, formerly known as RAF Finningley, where the last flying Vulcan is kept and maintained. Guest speaker will be Wing Commander (Rtd) Chief Pilot, Martin Withers, who was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for being the first pilot to fly to the Falklands and bomb Port Stanley airport successfully on April 30/May 1 in 1982.
Lions spokesman Colin Ridley: “There are many ex-RAF people still in the area and many may have worked on the Vulcan or just remember them being based at Finningley. The evening would be a great opportunity for them to take a step back in time.
“Those attending will dine in the shadow of Vulcan XH558 and each table will be given a short guided tour where they will learn about this fascinating aircraft before sitting down to a high quality three course meal with coffee. After the meal guests will hear from Martin Withers DFC.”
Mr Ridley added: “Now, 32 years (and ten days) later, you have the opportunity to see a Vulcan, close up and personally, and hear from a remarkable pilot.
“The opportunity for such an evening may not come again so quickly, if at all, as Vulcan XH558 may not be able to be maintained in an airworthy condition for much longer.”
The event which takes place on Saturday May 10. Tickets are £40, and if a party of ten is organised then the cost for the table is £375.
He said: “Dress code will be lounge suits for gentlemen and we would suggest ladies may wish to dress warmly. Despite the excellent heating system it is a large aircraft hangar we will be dining in!”
Proceeds to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Further information at www.isle-lions.org.uk