Last chance to see mighty Vulcan in flight over North East

The Vulcan in flight

The Vulcan in flight

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Look to the skies on Saturday for your final chance to see the majestic Vulcan soaring over the North East.

The Vulcan XH558 bomber, which proved a highlight of the Sunderland International Airshow in the past, will be flying over the region before retiring.

The iconic Cold War aircraft will be stopping at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Newcastle Airport as part of a celebratory national tour, before it takes a final trip back to its home in Doncaster.

The distinctive delta-winged jet will spend hours flying around the country on Saturday and Sunday giving its fans a last chance to see it before it is finally grounded forever later this month.

The former RAF bomber will fly a circuit across northern England and Scotland on Saturday and then another circuit around southern England and Wales on Sunday.

Times have yet to be confirmed but the flights are expected to start after noon each day.

The Vulcan is on her final flying season

The Vulcan is on her final flying season

This weekend’s tour is being classed as “the most comprehensive tour of the XH558”.

Designed to bomb Russia, the aircraft has lost sponsors over the years and it’s become harder to find people capable of servicing her. As such, the decision was taken to retire the last flying Vulcan.

A welcome return to the airshow for the only surviving flying  Vulcan B1 bomber at the 25th Anniversary Sunderland Airshow

A welcome return to the airshow for the only surviving flying Vulcan B1 bomber at the 25th Anniversary Sunderland Airshow

The Vulcan bomber with two Tornado GR4 fighter bombers

The Vulcan bomber with two Tornado GR4 fighter bombers