- The government crapped billions into banks so why can’t they?….
A letter from high-profile supporters, including Sir Richard Branson, appeared in a national newspaper last week calling for the government to intervene.
The open letter, also signed by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, author Frederick Forsyth and Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Knight, demanded the Vulcan be given a place on the RAF’s memorial flight.
Vulcan XH558 was restored at Bruntingthorpe aerodrome with more than £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £5m in other donations.
The aircraft, which used to be based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, took part in several displays last summer in front of an estimated 1.5m people.
But the costs of simply keeping the aircraft in flying condition, about £80,000 a month, have not been met because corporate sponsorship has been falling.
Spensive hobby, for enthusiasts. Don’t see as how keeping one flying is in the interests of National culture or history. S’already had loads of money spent on it. Stick it in a museum, or get some of they rich buggers to fund it, if they care so much about it!
Sorry, but how many thousands of other ‘worthy causes’ are there? Keeping an old ‘plane flying isn’t exactly top priority for this country atm.Posted 9 years agohoraMember
Almost a million a year to keep it in flying condition? Sorry. No. Its In tip top viewing shape. I’m sure it can be reawakened at a later date when we are all flush again. I know people will reel off the massive costs of keeping a squadron of Harriers going for a month but the Vulcan is a museum piece compared.Posted 9 years ago
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