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Tests completed for Vulcan bomber

The Vulcan needs at least 500,000 a year to stay in the air

A restored Vulcan Cold War bomber has completed its final test flight in a bid to get a permit to fly again.

The flight was due to have taken place last Friday but had to be cancelled because of poor weather conditions.

The vintage bomber took off from Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire and flew over Rutland Water and Marham in North Lincolnshire.

Radio checks and some display manoeuvres were conducted during the test flight, which lasted 98 minutes.

An application can now be made to the Civil Aviation Authority for a permit to fly at air shows.

A final decision is expected in about four weeks' time. It is hoped the plane will be on display at the RAF Waddington air show on 5 and 6 July.

'Amazing day'

Andrew Edmondson, engineering director of the Vulcan to the Sky project, said he was delighted the test flights have been completed.

He said: "After 15 years of work it's an amazing day. We've taken an aeroplane we were told would never fly again and we've taken her to the skies where she belongs.

"We're the proud owners of a one-aircraft airline."

He said donations were still needed to keep the Cold War bomber in the air.

The aircraft had suffered a number of minor problems during earlier test flights but the team had been confident of making the bulk of the air show season.

The Vulcan flew from Bruntingthorpe for the first time last year after a long-term project to get it airborne.

About 20,000 people worldwide contributed to the restoration of the bomber and 2.7m has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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