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Vulcan bomber returns to Stockport

Last flying Vulcan bomber Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The last flying Vulcan bomber returned to the Stockport factory where the aircrafts were first built for the final time today to mark it's aircraft's 60th anniversary.

The planes were manufactured at BAE's site in Woodford in the 1950's. Former employees turned up to watch the flypast before sending their own scale model into the sky.

The site closed down last year and will be developed into housing.

Last flying aircraft of it's kind. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Avro Vulcan is a jet-powered delta wing strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984. Aircraft manufacturer A V Roe & Co designed it. AV was of course the founder of Woodford and the brains behind many a flying machine as well as the Vulcan like the Lancaster bomber and Nimrod.

His grandson Eric Verdon Roe witnessed the flypast and praised the engineers at Woodfood as being the 'best in it's heyday.' Speaking of the decision to close the site for redevelopment he told Granada, 'It's sad but we have to move on to new things. What would be really great would be to find a home for the last flying vulcan so people can enjoy it for as long as possible."

BAE Woodford closed it's doors as an active airfield last August following the cancellation of the Nimrod project as part of the government's Strategic Defence and Security Review.