Operation Finningley – #twitterVforce/XH558 From a Different Angle

Well folks, it’s finally time to announce the details for the forthcoming #twitterVforce 3rd anniversary get together.

We are very proud to announce that on SATURDAY 28th MARCH 2015 you are invited up to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster  (henceforth referred to as RAF Finningley) for an intimate 4 hours in the company of an iconic Cold War Warrior.

 Avro Vulcan B Mk.2 XH558


Avro Vulcan B Mk.2 XH558 at RNAS Yeovilton 2014

We are honoured that we have the pleasure of Craig BULMAN – author of the very successful book The Vulcan B Mk.2 From a Different Angle with us and he will be giving his very 1st public talk on the B2. Craig’s knowledge is 2nd to none and this is a fantastic opportunity to gain further insight into one of Avro’s finest aircraft. Craig has been lucky enough to actually fly in Vulcan XL388 from RAF Waddington to RAF Honington on 2nd April 1982 (XL388’s Cockpit is currently at Aeroventures here at Doncaster) and was also in the Rear Crew Compartment for Vulcan XM655’s 30th/50th anniversary fast taxi run at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield last year.Those of you who subscribe to the XH558 Newsbytes or are VTTSC members who receive The Vulcan magazine will be aware of his detective work in ‘Vulcan Spotting’ – the guy is a legend and for the true Vulcan buff this is an opportunity that you cannot afford to miss.

Craig Bulman (left)

Craig Bulman (right) with Derek Parks (Ex Javelin & Vulcan Chief Tech) & Flt Lt John Ince (centre)

Also on hand will be a few of our followers who are also Volunteers/Tour Guides at Hangar 3 who will be able to show you around ‘558 and no doubt a couple of personnel from the engineering team will be on hand to answer any technical questions you may have.

A point to remember is that X-ray Hotel 558 will be in the middle of her Winter Service so no doubt you will see her in a different light.

We also have representatives from the other V Force Bombers – From Team Victor will be Andre Tempest, owner of Operation Granby veteran  Handley Page Victor K2 XL231 ‘ Lusty Lindy’ (victorxl231.blogspot.co.uk) based just up the road at the Yorkshire Air Museum,  Elvington and from Team Valiant we have Flt Lt Al Stevenson who served with both Vickers Valiant and latterly HP Victor and is currently Lindy’s Crew Chief (read about him here: http://victorxl231.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/sqn-ldr-al-stephenson-aeo.html)

The time of the visit will be between 13:00hrs and 17:00hrs.


Andre Tempest proudly displaying his #twitterVforce wristband

Tickets are limited to 100 and are only available from the Vulcan To The Sky Trust website with all money taken from the sales going directly towards keeping XH558 airworthy.

To purchase your ticket please follow this link:


Tickets for the event are priced at £20 and will include 4 hours with XH558, Craig Bulman’s presentation and Tea/Coffee & Biscuits and of course plenty of time to admire XH558 at your leisure. There will be other ‘edible goodies’ available made by one of our #twitterVforce followers (you will have seen the euphoria created when ‘prototype’ pictures of the Gingerbread V Force were posted on Twitter) to which a small donation towards ‘558 would be the proper thing to do. The usual range of ‘558 merchandise will also be available to purchase.

When you have bought your ticket(s) please let us know that you are attending by tweeting us here at @VForceHQ – Make sure you add our #tag …….. #twitterVforce

There will also be a secret auction for you to bid on – At the end of the day you could be walking away with a genuine piece of Avro Vulcan XH558 with full documentation (Cert of authentication and ‘Unserviceable’ label).

Also on hand will be Jo Ayres (regional VTTSC Fundraising co-ordinator for the South Central Region @VulcanSCentral) who has kindly agreed to be our official #twittervforce photographer for the day so if you fancy a special momento for the day, keep an eye out for her.

We have lots more planned for they day so please buy your tickets ASAP and join us for what is going to be an historical afternoon.

It certainly will be a celebration not only for us, but also of our mighty V Force

See you there

Rod, Dave & Sam




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  • Gena

    If only I had a husband who was interested as I’m in a wheelchair. I saw a Vulcan almost over Silverstone 5-10 years ago and was so excited my kids n bf had already gone for a wander leaving me with me wheelz and too weak to propel myself but as it happened, I got an amazing view and they missed it

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