The world's only airworthy Avro Vulcan will make a rare display appearance at this year's Cotswold Airshow on Saturday 18th June and the move is set to be a real crowd puller as aviation enthusiasts gather to watch the historic bomber aircraft, which played a crucial role in the Falklands conflict, during the early 80s.
The Vulcan was grounded 15 years ago, after 33 years flying with the RAF, but returned to the skies in 2007 following a £7 million restoration campaign, which was funded by some 20,000 people globally. Lottery funding was also used to help Vulcan XH558 get airborne again and she has always attracted and wowed large crowds when appearing at Cotswold Airport, however, financial challenges mean that her appearances are becoming fewer and Cotswold Airshow organiser Glen Moreman says confirmation of the aircraft in this year's display is a real coup.
The show, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Hawker Hunter jet, will also include a 'diamond nine' Hunter formation flypast and the event will also include wider 'Hawker' and vintage jet themes. In addition, the show will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire and at least three Spitfires will be present to celebrate this other very important milestone.
There will also be a strong contingent of modern military aircraft present, which will be spearheaded, once again, by a return 'home' of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, who were based at the airport for 16 years, when it was known as RAF Kemble.
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