Vulcan to the Sky Trust – May 2024 Update

Update from Vulcan to the Sky Trust, Caretakers of the Iconic Avro Vulcan XH558

XH558 taking off for the last time. [Photo by Steven Comber]


Over the past few months, as previously reported by Vintage Aviation News, the Vulcan To The Sky Trust (VTST) has kept its supporters informed about the developments concerning the former Doncaster Sheffield Airport. During this period, the VTST has been in discussions with the City of Doncaster Council (CDC), which is working on a plan to reopen the airport.

In March, the VTST’s leadership was pleased to report that CDC announced the signing of a 125-year lease for the airport. Alongside lease negotiations with Peel, CDC has been focusing on appointing an operator to manage the airport’s operations. Recently, Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones shared an update on her Facebook page stating that the process is ongoing, with CDC expecting significant progress by the end of spring and the final stages of appointing an operator to be completed by late summer. The discussions with CDC give the VTST hope and confidence that they will be a welcoming landlord.

The names of thousands of supporters line the bomb bay of Vulcan XH558. [Photo courtesy Vulcan To The Sky Trust]

With support from the Trust’s partner, The Work-wise Foundation, the VTST’s educational initiatives continue to thrive. This year, primary and secondary school pupils have participated in the Dr. Pleming’s Operation Vulcan Design Project: Fostering Innovation in Education and the Get in the Spirit competition.

The Dr. Pleming project engaged 259 students over two days, sparking curiosity, promoting teamwork, and equipping students with the skills to bring their ideas to life. The winners will be announced soon, and a team of engineers from CBE+ and DN4 Innovation will create a scale model of the winning design.

In addition to these projects, VTST attended and exhibited at the Get Up to Speed With STEM 2024 event, with support from young people at Doncaster UTC and a team of Vulcan volunteers. Inspiring the future is a core part of this charity’s aims and objectives, and delivering aspirational projects to engage children and young people in STEM subjects, with XH558 as the centerpiece, is one of the ways the VTST achieves this.

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A magnificent shot of the mighty delta bomber showing her underside where the names will carefully and sympathetically be placed. [Photo by John Dibbs via Vulcan to the Sky Trust]

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