Much as I think it's a superb and beautiful aircraft type, and much as I've enjoyed seeing it over the years and have chipped in a few quid of my own here and there towards it, the entire Vulcan situation is just maddening. They've never attracted the major sponsors that they thought they would, and they've never seemed to have any plan year on year other than the annual September/October 'We need this much by this date, or we're implying that we'll scrap it/sell it to the Yanks' campaign. Every year it's the same, and fair enough, every year so far the supporters have come through and the aircraft gets saved for another year, usually a little late into a new airshow season, missing a few important early shows. But while they beg for money for '558 to be overhauled and operated, how much have they paid out to PR companies, management and the like?
They keep banging on about 'the Vulcan effect', and yes, attendance figures at virtually every show the Vulcan has been booked to appear at have been much higher than in previous years, but you know what? Joe Public is a fickle thing- yes they're turning out to see the Vulcan, but they've already paid a considerable amount to get into that airshow- there's often no change out of a hundred quid for a family to get into a larger show these days. The majority of these people don't then pay AGAIN towards the aircraft, and it's been the same hard core of Vulcan enthusiasts that have saved the machine year on year, not the wider public. If the Vulcan suddenly didn't appear anymore, Joe Public would shrug and move on.
I don't know what the answer is, but the aircraft has a very finite life left to it anyway, so I guess that'll decide it once and for all.
"You never had the things you thought you should have had,
and you'll not get them now..."
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