Vulcan XH558: New tour dates announced for people to visit Cold War aircraft at closed Doncaster Sheffield Airport

The Vulcan to the Sky Trust has released a series of new dates for visitors to tour the Cold War-era aircraft at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The tours this spring and summer is the latest in a number of events which will allow the public to catch a glimpse of the aircraft since the closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, where it has been kept since 2011.

During the ticketed events, the Avro Vulcan, part of an RAF fleet which served in the Falklands War, is taken onto the tarmac to enable visitors to enter the cockpit and speak to the engineering team that maintains the aircraft.

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The £18, 90-minute tours are hugely popular and take place with the agreement of site owners Peel, who allowed the charity to remain as tenants after the airport had shut, following fears the Vulcan would have to be dismantled and relocated.

One of last year's experience days at Doncaster Sheffield AirportOne of last year's experience days at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
One of last year's experience days at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

There are morning and afternoon slots available on April 28, May 12, May 19 and June 9. Ticket-holders are met at the Vulcan offices before being taken by coach to the apron where the aircraft is parked.

There will be the opportunity to look inside the bomb bay and underneath the wings before a talk in the cockpit.

XH558 was the last of the fleet to remain airworthy, but has not flown since 2015.

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Doncaster Council have since been offered a lease by Peel to run a re-opened airport, and are currently negotiating with experienced operators who would be sub-contracted to manage the site. The council have voiced their support for the Vulcan remaining at the former RAF Finningley station as a tourist attraction.

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