Could Lakenheath commander’s call bring Avro Vulcan back to Suffolk one last time?

A restored Avro Vulcan taking off in Norwich

A restored Avro Vulcan taking off in Norwich - Credit: PA

The iconic jet XH588 is in it’s last year of flying, and roared through Suffolk yesterday on its Salute to V-Force Tour.

Hopes have been raised that the iconic Vulcan bomber will fly through Suffolk one last time, after the commander of the US base at RAF Lakenheath said he “must” get the jet to fly past.

Only one of the Cold War nuclear capable bombers still flies, called XH558, and 2015 is set to be the last year it takes to the skies due to a lack of spare parts.

Colonel Robert Novotny, 48th Fighter Wing commander, made his plea on Sunday, the same day XH558 roared through Suffolk on its Salute to V-Force tour. The plane is operated by volunteers and owned by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust charity. Col Novotny wetted the appetites of aviation enthusiasts after posting on his Facebook page: “Must get this jet (Vulcan) to swing by the base. We had the BUFF (B-52) now time for the Vulcan.”


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