The Vulcan Story

The Vulcan Story : Returning XH558 to the Skies

By (author) Peter R. March

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The RAF's huge delta-wing Vulcan jet nuclear bomber is an enduring image of the Cold War era. One of the cornerstones of Britain's nuclear deterrent, in later years it was adapted for conventional bombing and saw active service in the Falklands War. Avro Vulcan XH558 was the first Vulcan B2 to enter service with the RAF in July 1960, and the last to fly (with the RAF Vulcan Display Flight in 1992). Since then, determined and extensively publicised efforts have been made to return XH558 to the air, recently boosted by financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is hoped that the Vulcan will return to the sky in early 2006, and commence airshow appearances. In this full-colour tribute to the Avro Vulcan, aviation journalist and author Peter R. March discusses its development and provides a detailed history of XH558 and the efforts to get it airworthy once more. In some ways when the restored Vulcan XH558 takes to the skies again in 2006, it will fill the gap left by the grounding of the last Concorde.

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  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 124 x 185 x 10mm | 260g
  • 30 Sep 2006
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • Stroud
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • 0750943998
  • 9780750943994
  • 269,449

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PETER R. MARCH is an aviation author, photographer and journalist. He is the editor of the RAF and USAF Yearbooks for the RAF Benevolent Fund/Royal International Air Tattoo, a regular contributor to Aircraft Illustrated magazine, editor of Ian Allan's yearly abc Military Aircraft, and author of more than fifty books in his own right on aviation subjects. He lives in Bristol.

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