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Vulcan takes off on anniversary trip

Vulcan XH588

The Vulcan XH588 will tour various airports today near to sites that played a significant part in the development and service of the famous Cold War plane.

Details on how the journey is progressing will be made available on the Vulcan to the Sky Trusts' official Twitter feed, providing last-minute route and time changes. The hash tag ID is #XH558.

The Avro Vulcan XH588 -The Spirit of Great Britain - is the only example of the 134 Avro Vulcan V bombers which were operated by the RAF from 1953 until 1984. The XH588 served with the RAF between 1960 and 1985 in the bomber and air-to-air refuelling roles.

The RAF operated XH588 as a display aircraft from 1986 until 1992, when budget cuts forced its retirement.