Vulcan XH558 – The Last Flight?
I work in an office overlooking Farnborough airfield, and for the past two weeks I’ve been able to look out of the window and see the last flying Vulcan – XH558 – sitting on the tarmac awaiting some repairs so she could go home after she flew in for an event.
The Vulcan took off yesterday – on what may be her last flight ever, unless they can secure more funding. Luckily I was outside with my camera at the time. I thought something was up as I ventured onto the roof of my building twenty minutes before to take some snaps and I could see and hear that they were running the engines, albeit the cockpit cover was still on.
However they’ve run the engines on it before, presumably as part of a maintenance routine, so I had no reason to suspect it would be leaving, but as I was sitting outside in my car at lunchtime I heard the most thunderous roar and up she went.
Some pix – first – taken from the roof of my building with the engines spooling up:
And off she goes – if I had only stayed on the roof for another 20 minutes! Still, I was happy to get some snaps:
Some close-ups of the above (just digital zooms):