Vulcan XH558 / G-VLCN at Sywell Aerodrome

Vulcan XH558 / G-VLCN at Sywell Aerodrome

Tuesday, 13th October 2015 saw the last visit of Avro Vulcan XH558 / G-VLCN to Sywell Aerodrome near Northampton to fly in formation with the Extra 300s of The Blades.

It’s become something of an annual occurrence and provides the opportunity for prize winners and other worthy parties to fly alongside the Avro icon.

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It was my first visit to Sywell for a while, despite it being my local, and I was delighted to see the progress that’s been made with the brand new hangar near to the museum.  It sounds like the future is going to be quite exciting, too!

After a brief ‘display’, XH558 was joined by Spitfire T9 PV202 / G-CCCA and The Blades, who headed off towards Pitsford Reservoir and formed up in a series of poses before flying back through the Sywell overhead.

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The smaller aircraft then all broke away and landed, before the passengers were changed over and the process run a further two times, though the formation did not venture back towards Sywell together.

After the first run I decided to head to Pitsford Reservoir to see what could be achieved there.  To be honest, the formation was so high that it didn’t really offer much beyond a few nice scenic shots and a few passes close to the sun.

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The photo opportunities might not have been perfect, but it had still been nice to see XH558 in the skies for what would be my last time.

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