Bomber seen in Harborough (bomber aircraft, that is...)

The Vulcan in flight. Picture by Chris Jenkins.
The Vulcan in flight. Picture by Chris Jenkins.

THE VULCAN bomber, which was painstakingly restored in the district, was seen flying in the skies above Harborough at the weekend.

The XH558 was restored at Bruntinghtorpe following a 15-year, £7million project. It is the world’s only flying Cold war-era Avro Vulcan left and is now based at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster/Sheffield.

Several people commented on the impressive sight on social networking website Twitter.

@kitplayer said on Sunday: “Did anyone else see the unusual plane that just descended over Harborough? Not seen anything like that before.”

And @robgolding63 caught a snap of the plane.

According to the Vulcan to the Sky Trust website, the Vulcan was due to be at Dunsfold in Surrey and CarFest in Hampshire on the Sunday so it was probably flying over Harborough having departed Doncaster.

*Meanwhile, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which restored the bomber, sent out a press release at the weekend about the bomber’s return to Leicestershire next month (September).

Visitors to The Victory Show in Cosby on Sunday, September 9, should expect to experience one of the most powerful and dramatic sights in British aviation, the organisers say.

Subject to the usual caveats of weather and serviceability, the Vulcan is making a return to The Victory Show at Foxlands Farm for the first time since 2009 when she made a huge impact on the large crowds.

Steve Pepper, show organiser, said: “We are all very much looking forward to seeing the Vulcan back here for the first time since 2009 when she carried out an incredible display which really captivated the crowd and which was one of the highlights of the event. We have worked hard to get her back to Foxlands Farm and I would urge the people of Leicestershire and the Midlands to come along and witness the amazing sights and sounds of this iconic aircraft. Her appearance, alongside all of the other exciting and special activities that we are planning will make the Show a great day out for all of the family.”

For more details, see the show website at

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