Belfast Telegraph

Cold War's mighty Vulcan to take final bow at Portrush air spectacular

By David Young

The aircraft that kept Britain safe during the Cold War will roar across the skies of Northern Ireland for the last time in September.

The magnificent Vulcan (serial number XH558) will make its only appearance on the island of Ireland in 2015 with a spectacular display at Air Waves Portrush on Saturday, September 5.

The delta-winged vintage bomber - on its farewell tour of the UK - will appear for the first and last time at the popular seaside air show before it is permanently grounded.

The Vulcan is an example of British aerospace engineering at its world-beating best, with its technical design being the forerunner to Concorde.

Operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984, the Vulcan was a core component of Britain's independent nuclear deterrent during the Cold War.

The bomber was also a vital part of the 1982 British military task force that freed the Falklands from Argentine occupation.

The Vulcan will be one of the biggest draws to Air Waves Portrush as its technical ability enables it to perform dramatic air displays which are bound to enthral the 100,000 spectators expected to descend on the north coast resort for the weekend.

The line-up for one of Europe's best air shows includes the world-famous Red Arrows, the Blades Aerobatic Display Team and the debut of the RAF Hawk T2 jet Demo Role.

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