Last flying Vulcan bomber to make starring appearance at Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

Last flying Vulcan bomber to make  starring appearance at Cholmondeley Pageant of Power

...On the final day, Sunday 14th June

Red Bull Matadors Aerobatic Team will also wow the crowds making for an incredible sight above Cholmondeley CastleCPOP will also celebrate ‘power’ on land and water too with events including a 1,000bhp-plus class on the famous Cholmondeley race track

In addition, the festival will celebrate the Lotus marque on Friday, American Muscle cars on Saturday and Eighties supercars on Sunday

CPOP runs from 12th to 14th June 2015

The Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP) is bringing power and entertainment to the skies with the attendance of the world’s only remaining flying Avro Vulcan Bomber, XH558, and a performance from the Red Bull Matadors Aerobatic Team. They will be highlights in an action-packed weekend, which will also see displays by the RAF, together with Griffon and Bristol Hercules Aero-engine runs.

The jet-engined, delta wing strategic bomber will be flying over Cholmondeley Castle, its beautiful parkland and 20-acre lake on the final day of the festival, Sunday 14th June.

Designed and built in the 1950s, the Vulcan was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984. If necessary it could be started in 27 seconds and airborne within 2 minutes of a squadron scramble.

XH558 was also the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1992 as the single RAF Display Vulcan, before being sold into private hands for preservation and ground running in 1993. In 1997, a small team headed by Dr Robert Pleming started on the long journey to return the respected aircraft to flight and ten years later, the Vulcan once again took to the skies, operated by charity Vulcan to the Sky Trust (VTST).

Dr Robert Pleming, Chief Executive of VTST said: "We are looking forward to having the opportunity to display XH558 at this great event and giving those attending the chance to enjoy the spectacular sight of the aircraft in flight.

“Without the incredibly generous and ongoing support that we have received from the public we would never have been able to return XH558 to the skies. It is therefore a great tribute to their loyalty and dedication that we are once again looking forward to her enjoying yet another successful flying season."

The Vulcan will be joined by the Red Bull Matadors, who will perform an exhilarating routine. The team, which first started in 1994, will fly two XtremeAir XA41’s in close formation, resulting in an amazing display of skilful soars and spins.

James Hall, event director at CPOP, said: “It’s great to be able to confirm such exciting content for our air programme. To see the Vulcan take to the skies for the first time over Cholmondeley will be a truly special moment for everyone in attendance on the Sunday. As 2015 could be the bomber’s last season in the air, it could be the final opportunity to see her in flight over Cheshire and we’re privileged to be the host of this important occasion.

“In addition, the Red Bull Matadors will be sure to take the crowd’s breath away with their gravity-defying stunts and unrivalled aerobatics.”

CPOP will also celebrate ‘power’ on land and water too with events including a 1,000bhp-plus class on the famous Cholmondeley race track. The festival will honour the Lotus marque on Friday, American Muscle cars on Saturday and Eighties supercars on Sunday.

Camping, live music and hundreds of exciting trade stands will make CPOP the family-friendly motorsport event of the summer.

More event details will be released in the coming months but tickets are now on sale at www.cpop.co.uk for the event at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire. Adults tickets are priced from £26 and children’s tickets are free if purchased before 30th April 2015.

To find out more about Vulcan XH558 please visit www.vulcantothesky.org


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