The historic Vulcan Bomber jet is set to make a much-anticipated return to Airbourne next year thanks to record donations at the 2014 airshow.
The crowd favourite was last a part of the four-day event in 2012 but due to high costs and a busy schedule, was unable to return for the subsequent shows.
However, after it was announced that 2015 would be the last flying year for the cold war jet, Eastbourne Borough Council pulled out all the stops to make sure Eastbourne would see this historic aircraft soar through the sky one last time.
As the UK’s only working Vulcan Bomber, the aircraft is a rare sight and a much sought-after aircraft on the display circuit. Playing a huge part in Britain’s cold war defence programme, the bomber also played a key role in defending the Falklands Islands in the 1980s.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps, said, “There really is nothing else like the Vulcan on the display circuit. It is an awesome sight and sound, with its deep rumble and delta shape, the sight of this imposing jet over Eastbourne will be a huge highlight for 2015.
“We are very grateful to local Vulcan supporter David Dickens, who has made a generous donation to help bring the aircraft to the 2015 airshow and wish to say a big thank you to him and everyone else who donated to help make this happen.”
Organisers booked the aircraft after a successful year of donations, which saw more than £35,000 collected – an increase of over a quarter – at one of the show’s biggest ever crowds. The collections, organised by Marco and Cathy Giorgi along with the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, also passed 30 per cent of the proceeds onto local charities.
Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports Services, Cllr Philip Ede, added, “A huge thank you to David Dickens for his incredible generosity and to the Rotary Clubs for their extremely hard work with collecting donations. The Vulcan is a massive visitor draw and a dream come true for so many enthusiasts. Booking it was a no-brainer, but without the help of those people who have donated so generously, it would not have been possible.”
The popular Vulcan, which did a fly past over Beachy Head after this year’s Shoreham Airshow, will be at Airbourne for one day only, with the date still to be announced. Airbourne returns on August 13-16, 2015.