A range of Christmas gifts has been launched to help raise money for the last flying Vulcan, including books, models and the chance to have your name on the historic bomb-bay doors. Every name added will also receive a commemorative certificate.
Other gift ideas include Vulcan clothing, books, toys, games and up-close DVDs that take the viewer into the cockpit for a pilot’s eye view.
Also new this year is the Vulcan 60th Anniversary book, a history with rare pictures and an insider’s view taking the reader from the design brief in 1947 to the diamond jubilee flights of the last flying example in 2012. A great complement is the Vulcan Effect DVD, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the operation of XH558 as well as air-to-air footage and a pilot’s-eye view of a seaside display at Southport.
One of the most engaging tales of modern heroism must surely be Roland White’s account of Vulcan XM607’s extraordinary 8,000 mile mission to bomb the Port Stanley runway during the Falklands crisis. In the captain’s seat, supported by a complex network of Victor tankers, was Martin Withers, now chief pilot with Vulcan to the Sky Trust. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the mission, a limited run of the latest edition in hardback has been commissioned with a special XH558 cover. Copies of Vulcan 607 are also available signed by Martin Withers.
For younger fans, there is a detailed Corgi model, the Vulcan Ventures story book and child-sized Vulcan clothing. The cardboard Vulcan “flyer” makes a stocking filler for a fun Christmas morning.
Readers can browse more than 350 items in the Vulcan to the Sky online store, including a range of books on topics from Vulcan maintenance to the history of Concorde and the TSR2. Models include the hand-crafted mahogany ‘Heritage’ Vulcan and a Spitfire. Other sections include pictures, clothing, jewelry, stationery and much more.
For more information: VulcanToTheSkyStore.co.uk