Cold War Vulcan set to soar over Sunderland on one of its final flights

The Vulcan XH558.

The Vulcan XH558.

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The skies over Sunderland will feature a farewell flight from a star of British flying heritage this weekend.

The flypast by the Vulcan XH558 has the city on its flight path as part of its V-Force Tour.

It’s the end of the era because it’s the last time a Vulcan and Cold War bomber will be flying.

Ian Rutter, director of the North East Land, Sea and Aircraft Museum

Saturday will be one of the last opportunities to see the delta wing silhouette overhead, with the two-day route covering the 17 places where the remaining V-force aircraft reside.

The North East Land, Sea and Aircraft Museum’s Avro Vulcan XL 319 is on display outside its doors with visitors welcome to climb into its cockpit each weekend.

Tomorrow, it will host stalls, raffles and sell Vulcan merchandise to mark the occasion.

Organisers say the flypast will be one of the last examples of the V-Force, which protected Britain’s shores throughout the Cold War, will see it dip her wings for a final time in salute to the men and women who were prepared to give their lives for their country.

Ian Rutter, one of the museum’s directors, said: “It’s the end of the era because it’s the last time a Vulcan and Cold War bomber will be flying.

“It’s a sad day, but also a happy day for people to come and see it.”

Dr Robert Pleming, Vulcan to the Sky’s chief executive, said: “The V-Force Tour provides an opportunity to maximise its exposure to loyal supporters who have helped keep her flying since 2007, and acts as a fitting salute to those involved in the Cold War.”

The Vulcan is expected to fly over Sunderland at 1.45pm, with updates via @XH558 on Twitter, its Vulcan XH558 Facebook page and more details on its website, www.vulcantothesky.org.