Rare Cold War icon to fly into Leuchars

Vulcan jet bomber.
Vulcan jet bomber.
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AN iconic aicraft from the Cold War era will be taking to the skies over RAF Leuchars next month.

Vulcan XH558 will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Royal Navy Historic Flight in celebrating 100 years of military aviation in north east Fife.

These aircraft will join the flying display for the 2011 RAF Leuchars Airshow on September 10 which is busy taking shape.

Scotland’s support to current operations will be represented by Typhoon and Tornado GR4 fast jets from Leuchars and RAF Lossiemouth respectively and a Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet.

This year’s crowd can also look forward to two national aircraft display teams with the RAF’s own Hawk team, the Red Arrows, sharing the bill with Patrouille de France with their Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jets.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will be there alongside a host of other aerobatic attractions.

Airshow director, Wing Commander Richard Corbould, told the Citizen: “It is a privilege for us to host this Battle of Britain Airshow for the people of Scotland.

‘‘We are expecting another bumper crowd this year and intend to give them an event that not only showcases the RAF’s current assets like Typhoon and Tornado GR4 but is a reminder of the rich aviation heritage that we can all be proud of.

“Since the Cold War, the RAF in Scotland has played a critical role in ensuring the integrity of UK airspace, a legacy that endures today with Typhoon, so it is very pleasing that the Vulcan - an iconic aircraft from that era - will be returning for this year’s show.”

XH558 was the first Vulcan B.Mk2 to be delivered to the RAF in 1960 and is now the oldest complete aircraft of its type in the world.

It was also the last to leave RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan.

Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, added: “We are always very keen to bring the Vulcan to the Leuchars Airshow because we know how popular she is among the people of Scotland.

‘‘The general public can look forward to a stunning display and enjoying the unique sights and sounds of XH558.”

To see a full list of flying and static displays, which are subject to final confirmation, visit the airshow website: http://www.airshow.co.uk/ .