It has been 8 years since XH558 was brought back to airworthiness and now the last flying Vulcan has made its ‘Farewell To Flight” tour across the United Kingdom. A final celebratory national tour, XH558’s most ambitious ever, was carried out on 10ᵗʰ (northern route) and 11ᵗʰ October 2015 (southern route). It brought the plane’s flying career to a spectacular close. The two sorties gave as many people as possible a final opportunity to see the dramatic sight of a Vulcan in the air.
After 55 years of helping to make aviation history Avro Vulcan XH558 made her last flight on the 28ᵗʰ October 2015.To celebrate and commemorate these historical final flights the Forces Philatelic Bureau in conjunction with the Vulcan To The Sky Trust has released a special ‘Farewell to Flight 2015’ official commemorative cover.
This visually stunning cover shows XH558 in its delivery anti-flash white and final flight camouflage colours.
The unique ‘smiler’ postage stamp that bears an image of Vulcan XH558 has, in this case, been cancelled by the specially made BFPS serial numbered 3186 handstamp. Each cover is presented in a cellophane sleeve along with an information insert creating a high quality souvenir of the ‘Farewell Flights’ of the Vulcan.
These covers are also available by mail order by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS The Old Post Office Links Place Elie Fife KY9 1AX.