Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vulcan bomber set to roar at Bournemouth Air Festival

GET ready for the Vulcan Effect. 

Bournemouth Air Festival organizers have confirmed that the legendary Cold War bomber will fly twice at this year’s event, which takes place between August 30 and September 2. 

The crowd-puller, the only flying example in the world, will take to the sky between the piers on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. 

It is a special year for the jet, as it marks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 years since the first prototype Vulcan took to the air and 30 years since it played a vital role in the Falklands War. 
The Saturday display has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from Wimborne-based company AIRglide Ltd and its business partner Action Aviation. 

Jon Weaver, air festival director, said: “Securing the Vulcan is a great achievement – we are delighted to welcome the aircraft back and I know Saturday’s display will be much anticipated.” 

Dr Robert Pleming, CEO of Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which runs the aircraft, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be displaying twice at this year’s Air Festival and it’s with thanks to our sponsors AIRglide Ltd and Action Aviation that we are able to do so.”

Now Vulcan fans will be crossing their fingers that the war bird – which the Vulcan to the Sky Trust battles constantly to keep in the air – stays fit to fly. 

It was grounded ahead of last year’s Bournemouth event – meaning it had to pull out – and also hit technical troubles earlier this year, but at the moment it is all systems go. David Stoneman, MD of AIRglide Ltd, said: “We are honoured to be supporting the appearance of the Vulcan at this year’s Air Festival. It’s a unique opportunity to be associated with the weekend Vulcan Effect, particularly in such a significant year. 

“We hope festival-goers enjoy the beauty of this remarkable aircraft.”

Source:  http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk

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