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Saved Vulcan flies in air display

The Vulcan bomber which used to be based in Lincolnshire, has taken to the sky for the first time since a fund-raising campaign saved it.

The aircraft featured in a display at RAF Cosford in Shropshire on Sunday.

The team behind the restored Cold War bomber raised almost £1m in pledges to keep it flying earlier this year.

The navigator, Andy Marson from Timberland near Woodhall Spa, said it was a real privilege to fly a plane so closely-linked to his home county.

Funding fears

He said: "The Vulcan is synonymous with Lincolnshire, especially with Lincolnshire being bomber county and of course throughout the Vulcan's career, it was always based in Lincolnshire.

"And also I've spent the last period of my career flying the Lancaster as well at the Battle of Britain flight."

Previously, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, based in Leicestershire, had warned the project could go into administration if the extra funding was not found.

The project spent more than £7m and 15 years repairing the jet aircraft, but faced a fall in corporate sponsorship.

The project has running costs of about £1.6m a year.

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