02-20-2008, 07:44 PM
Sorry for the Shouting, got this email today, please in your heart of heart send in an email to get her back where she belongs.......... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif She deserves a chance..



Dear Loyal Vulcan Supporter,

In view of the recent news of XH558's critical funding shortfall, and to help gain the maximum national media coverage possible, please take a few moments to forward the following pre-prepared email to the email recipients listed below. Clearly the more of us that forward this message, the greater the chance of achieving our goal of getting XH558 back in the public eye and back into the sky where she belongs.

Please feel free to forward it to any other appropriate media groups that you may have email addresses for. We now have very few weeks left to cross this final hurdle; please help.

Sky Radio News radio@bskyb.com

Sky News news@sky.com

ITV This Morning thismorning@itv.com

Channel 4 Richard & Judy richard&judy@channel4.com

BBC Breakfast <breakfasttv@bbc.co.uk

GMTV Talk2us@gm.tv

Thank you for your continued support.

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Dear Sky Radio News/Sky News/ITV This Morning/Channel 4 Richard & Judy/BBC Breakfast, (delete as appropriate)

I am contacting you in the hope that your programme might be able to give even the briefest of mention to a worthy cause that is at a crucial point of near financial collapse. For over 9 years, huge efforts have been made to return an icon of British heritage to public display - an Avro Vulcan aeroplane. The whole thrust of the restoration to flight project was based around the invaluable asset it represents to the education of our children, in British science, engineering and history. On the basis of this, it remains the only project of its kind to receive funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

After a record breaking first flight in its present restored form, in October 2007, vital funding and sponsorship has eluded the project team. The aircraft currently sits in a Leicestershire hangar, fully flight-ready, unable to appear at UK airshows this year due to an URGENT cash shortage. If, by the end of March this year, 150,000 cannot be found to jump this final hurdle, the whole 9 year project will close along with the extensive education programme built around this incredible machine.

As a national heritage asset, belonging to every man woman and child within our shores, the aircraft's immediate prospects are dire without the rightful media coverage so desperately sought. I would be extremely grateful if you could find even a one minute slot in your busy programme schedule to help champion this unique and worthy cause.

The project website is www.vulcantothesky.com (http://www.vulcantothesky.com) where the entire story of this great British icon is told. The all important means of becoming part of the story and giving urgently needed help is there also.

Thank you for your consideration.


(Your Name)

02-20-2008, 10:52 PM
Hasn't this thing flown already????

02-21-2008, 02:28 AM
It has Gog and will again we hope.


02-21-2008, 05:18 AM
I dunno TT, I thought this was all done and dusted.I love this plane,but unless they can get some serious long term funding in place then its just going to be a black hole,and people are soon going to get disillusioned at the 'cap in hand' approach every time they want to fly.

02-21-2008, 05:21 AM
Will send email.

02-21-2008, 10:01 AM
It looks to me like they did have some serious funding set up: sponsorship, but that it has partially fallen through with some companies pulling out or reducing their donations due to the current ecomonomic situation. Display aircraft, particularly warbirds, normally require annual commercial sponsorship and donations from the public, the Vulcan isn't unusual in that. Hopefully this will only be a minor glitch in getting the Vulcan onto the display circuit this year and once there she will inspire more companies to invest in sponsorship deals. If nothing else see it as a "how much would you pay to see the Vulcan display again, even if it is only for one season?"

I'm not saying others have to donate but I certainly have (not a massive sum but as the old adage goes: "mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow").

The Vulcan was an important aircraft both from a technological and political standpoint, not only that but it's a real spectacle in flight, extremely majestic, noisy and powerful. Certainly worth a tenner of my money to see again! It would be a tragedy if the Vulcan didn't display again after the tireless effort and perserverance exhibited by the volunteers who made her airworthy again and the goodwill shown up until now by private and commercial sponsors.

02-21-2008, 11:12 AM
That is correct, the promised donations post first flight have all but failed to materialize in the current economic situation.........

I too have donated and will again, but they want people to send the emails out to whoever they think will highlight the plight of this grand old bird.