Vulcan excitement as second Shoreham visit added

The Avro Vulcan PICTURE: GEOFFREY LEE
The Avro Vulcan PICTURE: GEOFFREY LEE

THE Avro Vulcan, flying its swansong, will now be appearing at Shoreham Airshow on both days.

The Shoreham Airshow team announced this afternoon that it had managed to secure a visit from the bomber, an iconic example of British aerospace engineering, on Saturday, to add to the Sunday visit already planned.

The news means people will have two opportunities to see the plan in the sky over Shoreham Airport, on Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23.

Airshow organiser Derek Harber said: “This year promises to be one of the best yet, which will be a hard act to follow after the success of the award-winning event at Shoreham Airport in 2014.

“We always try to make the displays different each year and the highlight for many will be the swansong of the Avro Vulcan, which will be touching down for the last time at the end of this year’s display season. It will now be appearing on Saturday and Sunday.

“Geoffrey Lee, our assistant press officer, recently had the pleasure of doing an exclusive air to air photographic sortie with this iconic aircraft and several of these images will be appearing in our souvenir programme, or as some aircrew say coffee table book, which will be available at the airshow.”

Visitors are being encouraged to travel by train and use the shuttle bus service, which will take passengers directly to the airfield from Shoreham railway station.

Mr Harber said: “We want the traffic to run smoothly and this will make life a lot easier for all attending.”

Flying is what Shoreham Airshow is all about and Rod Dean, the flying display director, has come up with some different displays.

““I try to please all parties,” he said. “There are those that like warbirds and others who like fast jets. It will be earmuffs time when the Royal Navy Sea Vixen (both days) and the RAF Typhoon (Sunday only) appear.

“The popular Airfield Attack and Scramble is back with more aircraft and more pyrotechnics to please the younger generation. With more than 50 aircraft appearing both days in a six-hour flying display, one can be assured that there will be ample opportunity for the photographers to fill their lenses with some stunning images.”

For a full list of participating aircraft go to www.shorehamairshow.co.uk.

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