Eastbourne airshow favourite The Vulcan to retire

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The spectacular Vulcan aircraft, which wowed the crowds at Airbourne this year, will be retiring in 2013.

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust, the charity that operates the last flying Vulcan bomber, has told supporters it is planning for 2013 to be the aircraft’s last flying season.

A charity spokesperson said, “Following an award-winning restoration that many feel is the most technically complex ever undertaken, Vulcan XH558 was granted a technically-determined number of flying hours.

“At the end of next year’s display season, six years after the return-to-flight, XH558’s current cleared flying life will have been almost completely consumed.”

Since the restoration in 2007, Vulcan XH558 has been seen by more than ten million people at over 60 locations, with a remarkable three million turning out to see her during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee season.