Last chance to see mighty Vulcan in flight over Northumberland

The Vulcan in flight
The Vulcan in flight
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Look to the skies tomorrow (Saturday) for your final chance to see the last airworthy Vulcan bomber Vulcan soaring over Northumberland.

The Vulcan XH558 bomber, which has been a star of the show at the Sunderland International Airshow in the past, will be flying over the region before retiring.

The Vulcan bomber with two Tornado GR4 fighter bombers

The Vulcan bomber with two Tornado GR4 fighter bombers

The former RAF bomber will fly a circuit across northern England and Scotland on Saturday and then another circuit around southern England and Wales on Sunday.

The distinctive delta-winged jet will spend hours flying around the country on Saturday and Sunday giving its fans a last chance to see it before it is finally grounded forever later this month.

The iconic Cold War aircraft will be flying over Durham Tees Valley Airport and Newcastle Airport before heading north into Northumberland as part of a celebratory national tour, before it takes a final trip back to its home in Doncaster.

Times have yet to be confirmed but the flights are expected to start after noon each day.

The Vulcan is on her final flying season

The Vulcan is on her final flying season

This weekend’s tour is being classed as ‘the most comprehensive tour of the XH558’.

Designed to bomb Russia, the aircraft has lost sponsors over the years and it has become harder to find people capable of servicing her. As such, the decision was taken to retire her.