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Vulcan bomber grounded at display

Vulcan at Waddington
The Vulcan bomber had been restored by a dedicated team

A restored Vulcan bomber aircraft which was set to fly at the RAF Waddington Air Display has been grounded because of a mix up over paperwork.

The plane was due to perform at the air show in Lincolnshire, but it had not been issued with a permit to fly at a public display.

The bomber had previously taken to the skies at a display in June.

A spokesman for the restoration team said fans would be understandably upset at not seeing the aircraft in flight.

Vulcan to the Sky, the trust behind the aircraft's restoration, had spent years working on the plane and had brought it back to its former glory.

'Time and effort'

But spokesman Andrew Edmondson said they knew fans would miss seeing the plane in action.

He said: "It's a shame that a lot of time and effort has gone into the restoration, and I think its preservation is important.

"It's important to keep engineering and disciplines like that going in the UK."

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 had then faced a fall in corporate sponsorship.

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



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