WATCH: Video released from Vulcan on-board camera during farewell tour

The Vulcan flies over Eshott Airfield in Northumberland. Picture by Alan Gilbertson
The Vulcan flies over Eshott Airfield in Northumberland. Picture by Alan Gilbertson

A video taken by an on-board camera during the farewell flight of the last Vulcan bomber earlier this month has been released.

The last operational Vulcan bomber, XH558, took to the skies for a final tour on the weekend of October 10 and 11, flying over Northumberland to give plane spotters a chance to say farewell to the magnificent plane.

Both the Northern and Southern National Tours were among the longest undertaken by XH558 since leaving RAF service in 1984 and to record these historic sorties, the crew fitted cameras in the cockpit and in the bomb bay.

The video starts with Taff Stone, XH558’s crew chief, all strapped in ready to start the checklist before take-off. The pilot pulls the stick back, looking remarkably relaxed, and away they go on the complex mission.

The tour was so long that the camera batteries expired before the end.

Highlights of the video include East Fortune in Scotland, the Lake District and Manchester Airport. See how many other Vulcans you can spot.

The Vulcan pictured over Doddington, near Wooler, by Gerard McDonnell.

The Vulcan pictured over Doddington, near Wooler, by Gerard McDonnell.

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