A bit of British flying heritage made its final farewells as it soared over the North East.
There was a flypast by the Vulcan XH558 in Sunderland as part of its V-Force Tour, but the plane was also spotted over Hartlepool and South Tyneside.
It’s the end of the era because it’s the last time a Vulcan and Cold War bomber will be flying during the two-day route covering the 17 places where the remaining V-force aircraft reside.
The plane protected Britain’s shores throughout the Cold War and it dipped her wings for a final time in salute to the men and women who were prepared to give their lives for their country.
Ian Rutter, director of the North East Land, Sea and Aircraft Museum, said: “It’s the end of the era because it’s the last time a Vulcan and Cold War bomber will be flying.
“It’s a sad day, but also a happy day.”
Dr Robert Pleming, Vulcan to the Sky’s chief executive, said: “The V-Force Tour provides an opportunity to maximise its exposure to loyal supporters who have helped keep her flying since 2007, and acts as a fitting salute to those involved in the Cold War.”
You can find out more about the Vulcan via @XH558 on Twitter, its Vulcan XH558 Facebook page and more details on its website, www.vulcantothesky.org.