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Last flying Vulcan Bomber to retire over safety fears

After a career which began with carrying Britain's first nuclear bombs, the last fly-worthy Vulcan Bomber is retiring from a life in the skies.

The Cold War plane - built as part of efforts to deter Russia from launching an attack - is entering its final flying season, after fears were raised over safety issues.

ITV News correspondent Duncan Golestani reports on the end of Vulcan XH558's career:

The Vulcan came from the makers of the Lancaster bomber, and has been praised as an icon of British engineering.

Its agility and power has made it a favourite with pilots - though only five in the world are qualified to fly one of the machines.

And it was not just against Russia that the plane has secured its place in history.

The Vulcan Bomber was built to help carry Britain's first nuclear bombs
The last remaining Vulcan is being retired due to safety fears Credit: ITV News

During the Falklands War, the plane went on an 8,000 mile round-trip to attack the airstrip at Port Stanley, Argentina, refuelling mid-air seven times.

Such a feat had never been attempted before, and despite the careful calculations needed to establish fuel consumption and how much could physically be transferred, the tactic had never been practised.

It is being retired in October due to safety fears, and will be kept in a museum and training academy.