Thursday, 4 September 2014

15th June 2014: Wellesbourne Wings and Wheels event with XM655

Fathers Day was unforgettable for those who went to the Wellesbourne Wings and Wheels annual event. There was a fantastic turnout for XM665, which has been looked after by the 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society (MaPS) since 1984. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of her stay in Wellesbourne – and 50 years that she has existed – spectators were treated to two high speed taxy runs, not to mention a beautiful display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota and the Large Model Vulcan XH558. The day wasn’t just for aircraft fans though, with an impressive exhibition of motorbikes, classic cars and military vehicles as well.

XM655 raises her front wheel just before the power from the Olympus 301s is reduced.
During the taxy demonstrations, masses of people hurried to crowd the fence to watch 655, following her around the runway as she progressed. It’s heart-warming to witness how loved by the public the Vulcan still is.

This article was published in the Vulcan To The Sky Newsletter on 20th June 2014.

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