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Vulcan gets full display go-ahead

Vulcan at Waddington
The aircraft had to undergo a series of tests before it could fly at airshows

A Cold War aircraft restored by volunteers at a cost of 7m has been given permission to fly at airshows.

The Vulcan had been allowed to fly from Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire - where it was rebuilt - to RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, ahead of a major show.

After a series of final tests by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it has been given the go-ahead to take part in air displays.

About 20,000 people contributed to the restoration of the bomber.

A total of 2.7m in funding has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

'Rollercoaster ride'

As well as this weekend's RAF Waddington show, the Vulcan has been given the green light to take part in the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford, Gloucestershire, and the Farnborough airshow in Hampshire.

It was restored over a 15-year period in Bruntingthorpe but RAF Waddington was its home when it was operational.

Earlier this year, the aircraft passed its first inspection - equivalent to an MOT for planes - at Bruntingthorpe airfield in Leicestershire, where it has been kept since being decommissioned in 1993.

Andrew Edmondson, 45, engineering director at the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, said: "It's fantastic news that the aircraft will display at RAF Waddington.

"It's been 15 years of toil, tribulation and upset - a rollercoaster of a ride."

Earlier he described the refurbishment of the Vulcan as "the most complex return-to-flight project ever attempted in the world".

Designed in 1948 by Roy Chadwick, the aircraft could travel at speeds of up to 645mph and was capable of carrying nuclear bombs.

There were 134 Vulcans built and the plane also saw action during the Falklands conflict.

It was later used as an air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

The RAF Waddington International Air Show will be attended by about 125,000 people this weekend and will also include displays by the Typhoon and the Red Arrows.

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