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Vulcan bomber to be airshow draw

Andrew Hunter from Edinburgh poses in front of the National Museum of Flight’s Avro Vulcan Bomber exhibit
The Vulcan was recently the subject of a multi-million pound restoration

An Avro Vulcan bomber is set to return to the Lothian skies as the centrepiece of this year's East Fortune Airshow.

The National Museum of Flight in East Lothian unveiled the final line-up for the event with the 45 tonne aircraft as one of the star attractions.

The delta-winged Vulcan XH558 was recently the subject of a multi-million pound restoration and is the only flying Avro Vulcan in existence.

Team Guinot's all female wing-walkers will also be at the 25 July event.

The Vulcan will perform a display of its power and agility in the skies above the museum's own Avro Vulcan XM597 display aircraft, which is one of only two RAF Vulcans to be used in anger and was the subject of an international incident during the Falklands War.

This is an incredible aircraft and will be an awesome sight as it flies overhead during our airshow
Grant Mackenzie
National Museum of Flight

This was also the last Vulcan to fly over East Fortune when it arrived at the Museum 25 years ago.

From 1957 to 1969, the Avro Vulcan was the main British contribution to the NATO strategic nuclear deterrent during the Cold War years.

For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, RAF Vulcans and crews stood on Quick Reaction Alert, ready to take off within two minutes in the event of a Soviet attack.

However no British bomber was ever required to fly with a live nuclear weapon.

Vulcans flew throughout 1970s as tactical nuclear and conventional bombers, but their strong and adaptable design meant that they could be converted to different roles. By 1984, all but two had left RAF service.

Boarding passes

Grant Mackenzie, general manager at the National Museum of Flight said: "This is an incredible aircraft and will be an awesome sight as it flies overhead during our airshow.

"We're particularly pleased to have secured its appearance as it means that visitors will be able to view an example of the Vulcan on the ground as part of our own collection, and can also see it in action in the air.

"It will combine with other amazing aircraft - both airborne and on the ground - and lots of family entertainment to create one of Scotland's best days out."

The line-up for this year's airshow also includes the Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota aircraft of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, aerobatic display team The Blades as well as a Chinook helicopter and Swift glider display.

On-the-ground, activities range from mountain biking, archery and falconry displays to children's activities, a craft fair and a fun fair.

Concorde boarding passes will be available on the day and the museum's two new attractions - Fortunes of War, which traces the history of East Fortune and Fantastic Flight, which offers state-of the-art interactive involvement for children - will also be open.

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