VIDEO: Sussex airshow favourite - the Vulcan - makes it final flight

One of the iconic sights at airshows across Sussex made its final flight yesterday (Wednesday October 28).

The last airworthy Vulcan took off from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport for a short final trip.

The Vulcan has proved one of the major draws down the years at Airbourne in Eastbourne, Wings and Wheels at Dunsfold (just over the border in Surrey) and Shoreham Airshow.

Technicians involved with the Vulcan talk about their roles in the main video - the YouTube video shows one of the final passes yesterday.

This year the bomber made a slow fly-past at Shoreham in tribute following the air crash. The public at the show stayed silent while the massive aircraft made a dignified pass.

The story of the Vulcan begins at the end of World War II when British military strategists started giving serious thought to how a nuclear deterrent could be delivered.

The Vulcan

The Vulcan

The first RAF Vulcan squadron was formed at RAF Waddington on May 21st 1957. Success as a Cold War peacekeeper meant that the Vulcan might have flown its entire service life without ever entering combat if it hadn’t been for the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

During a marathon 8,000 mile return journey supported by 11 Victor tankers, Squadron Leader Martin Withers and his crew released the bombs over Port Stanley Airport that prevented Argentina operating its Mirage III fighters from the island and initiated the campaign that recaptured the Islands.

Reports say that organisers had kept details of the final flight a secret until the very last minute, fearing bumper crowds would pack the airport for one last chance to see the aircraft.

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