Iconic Vulcan puts on a show over Lancashire

The last flying Vulcan bomber aircraft put on a show across Lancashire as part of a farewell tour of the country.

Monday, 12th October 2015, 2:02 pm

The famous Cold War nuclear war plane crossed over the country on Saturday afternoon.

Huge crowds have gathered to catch a last glimpse of the plane as it toured the UK and readers across Lancashire snapped pictures of the iconic jet as it flew past.

They will be grounded later this month after backers withdrew support.

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Vulcans played a key role for Britain during the Cold War period, and their ground-breaking design led directly to the development of Concorde.

They were part of the RAF’s so-called V-Bomber force, which comprised the UK’s strategic nuclear strike force, and were used on sorties and bombing raids during the Falklands War in the 80s.

Named the ‘Spirit of Britain’, the XH558 was the last Vulcan in RAF service and is the last airworthy plane in existence today.

It’s unlikely to fly again however, due to high maintenance costs and engineers ending their support for the aircraft after a costly restoration.