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Taylortony
08-02-2006, 12:19 PM
I just do not believe it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif all that work........... I have dreamed of seeing her in the air again.

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The Club has
29 days, 4 hours, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
to save the Earth's only flyable Vulcan



http://www.vulcan558club.com/


From the site

IMPORTANT MESSAGE
01.08.2006
Dear Members,

This is not an easy letter to write, but I have to inform you, on behalf of the Club Committee, that the project to restore our beloved aircraft, Avro Vulcan XH558, to flying condition, is perilously close to having to be abandoned. This is purely because of lack of finance; nothing else.

You will know that the aircraft went into the hangar at Bruntingthorpe in October, 1999 in the ownership of the Walton Family Company, and considerable numbers of you who were members of the Club from its early days gave or pledged money very generously to finance its stripping and detailed inspection so as to ensure that it was in good condition and capable of being made to fly once again. Dr Robert Pleming came on the scene at this stage and became the guiding light behind the work to convince the Civil Aviation Authority, British Aerospace (as it then was), Rolls Royce, and the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that the project was feasible and should be supported. He also created and submitted the first application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which, as you know, was rejected. The HLF then assisted Dr Pleming with a second application, which was successful, and 2.7m was granted, this being 66.66% of 4,1m, the other 33.33%, 1,3m, being the matching funding that the HLF required be raised from other sources. You will also realise that a substantial flow of finance, quite apart from the 1.3m, has always been required, for the HLF have never been able to fund any of the cost of the fund raising campaign itself, nor any salaries or other costs that existed prior to the application being made. This, of course, includes the salary costs of Dr Pleming and the part time staff down in Dorset.

You will also know that it has always been the case that one or more major corporate or private sponsors have been required, for the fund raising capabilities of the Club members and of Felicity€s €˜Friends€ have never been enough to completely fund the project, even with the HLF funding and the free work of the OEMs in refurbishing their components. Even so, we have all done incredibly well, the €˜Buy Time€ initiative producing over 40,000, which was absolutely magnificent. Buy time, though, was all it could do, and did. That sum, though, is small compared with the 1,200,000 still needed to complete the aircraft€s restoration, its ground tests, and its air tests, so that it could be handed back to the Trust sometime in the spring of 2007. Time delays early on, a limitation in what the HLF could provide, and considerable cost over-runs have all contributed to what seems to be a never reducing sum being needed.

I can assure you that behind the scenes discussions that would secure the finance and therefore allow the restoration to continue, are taking place at a very high level, but I have to say that there is no certainty of success. <span class="ev_code_RED">If a major sponsor is not found, then very, very sadly, and with great reluctance, the Trustees have decided that the project will have to cease on 31st August, 2006, as they cannot legally continue beyond that date. </span>

Your committee have met and are determined the story will not end here and we will contact you all in the next few days with plans for the club has only 31 days to save the Earth€s only flyable Vulcan.


Your Committee

http://www.vulcan558club.demon.co.uk/photos/558f.jpg

Taylortony
08-02-2006, 12:19 PM
I just do not believe it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif all that work........... I have dreamed of seeing her in the air again.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

The Club has
29 days, 4 hours, 37 minutes, 48 seconds
to save the Earth's only flyable Vulcan



http://www.vulcan558club.com/


From the site

IMPORTANT MESSAGE
01.08.2006
Dear Members,

This is not an easy letter to write, but I have to inform you, on behalf of the Club Committee, that the project to restore our beloved aircraft, Avro Vulcan XH558, to flying condition, is perilously close to having to be abandoned. This is purely because of lack of finance; nothing else.

You will know that the aircraft went into the hangar at Bruntingthorpe in October, 1999 in the ownership of the Walton Family Company, and considerable numbers of you who were members of the Club from its early days gave or pledged money very generously to finance its stripping and detailed inspection so as to ensure that it was in good condition and capable of being made to fly once again. Dr Robert Pleming came on the scene at this stage and became the guiding light behind the work to convince the Civil Aviation Authority, British Aerospace (as it then was), Rolls Royce, and the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that the project was feasible and should be supported. He also created and submitted the first application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which, as you know, was rejected. The HLF then assisted Dr Pleming with a second application, which was successful, and 2.7m was granted, this being 66.66% of 4,1m, the other 33.33%, 1,3m, being the matching funding that the HLF required be raised from other sources. You will also realise that a substantial flow of finance, quite apart from the 1.3m, has always been required, for the HLF have never been able to fund any of the cost of the fund raising campaign itself, nor any salaries or other costs that existed prior to the application being made. This, of course, includes the salary costs of Dr Pleming and the part time staff down in Dorset.

You will also know that it has always been the case that one or more major corporate or private sponsors have been required, for the fund raising capabilities of the Club members and of Felicity€s €˜Friends€ have never been enough to completely fund the project, even with the HLF funding and the free work of the OEMs in refurbishing their components. Even so, we have all done incredibly well, the €˜Buy Time€ initiative producing over 40,000, which was absolutely magnificent. Buy time, though, was all it could do, and did. That sum, though, is small compared with the 1,200,000 still needed to complete the aircraft€s restoration, its ground tests, and its air tests, so that it could be handed back to the Trust sometime in the spring of 2007. Time delays early on, a limitation in what the HLF could provide, and considerable cost over-runs have all contributed to what seems to be a never reducing sum being needed.

I can assure you that behind the scenes discussions that would secure the finance and therefore allow the restoration to continue, are taking place at a very high level, but I have to say that there is no certainty of success. <span class="ev_code_RED">If a major sponsor is not found, then very, very sadly, and with great reluctance, the Trustees have decided that the project will have to cease on 31st August, 2006, as they cannot legally continue beyond that date. </span>

Your committee have met and are determined the story will not end here and we will contact you all in the next few days with plans for the club has only 31 days to save the Earth€s only flyable Vulcan.


Your Committee

http://www.vulcan558club.demon.co.uk/photos/558f.jpg

wayno7777
08-02-2006, 12:22 PM
Wow, I just read about that in FlyPast and things seemed to be going well. Good luck to getting sponsors....

Capt.England
08-02-2006, 12:37 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

This country can spend millions on daft ideas like the I.D. card but can not help save something that should replace the B.o.B. Lancaster (not much flying time is left in the old girl, so I've heard!).

I need to win the Euro lottery by the end of this month. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif

Viper2005_
08-02-2006, 12:40 PM
I put 250 into this some time ago. I suppose I'd better see about putting in some more. Who's with me?

Taylortony
08-02-2006, 12:43 PM
I wish they had a paypal facility on the site so they could accept donations world over, they would get some from me.

Aaron_GT
08-02-2006, 01:11 PM
Time to get the likes of Branson to donate, maybe.

Viper2005_
08-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Well, I hope somebody does. I saw one of the last displays by 558 in the early 90s, and it was an awesome sight (and sound!).

MadRuski
08-02-2006, 03:30 PM
i can recall way more sadder things...

F6_Ace
08-02-2006, 04:10 PM
You could always contact HSBC - they've just made a billion quid profit in 6 months. And banks want to start charging for accounts...

Billy_BigBoy
08-02-2006, 04:16 PM
You can't be serious!
Once, back in the '80s, I saw one over the Netherlands. It was one of the most impressive sights I've ever seen. It's an Icon of the Cold War for sure.

DuxCorvan
08-02-2006, 04:19 PM
Reminds me of USS Cabot / BAE Dédalo fate... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

joeap
08-03-2006, 02:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by F6_Ace:
You could always contact HSBC - they've just made a billion quid profit in 6 months. And banks want to start charging for accounts... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Over there too? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif