Salute to the v force

Saturday the 27th of June 2015 will see Vulcan Bomber XH558 fly over Carlisle Airport for the last time as part of it’s two day Salute to the V-Force, Farewell to Flight Tour 2015.

After surviving the Cold War Era and The Falklands, Avro Vulcan XH558 is 55 years old and it is the last one to fly.  2015 will be its last flying season.

This is an event not to be missed, as this will be the last flying Vulcan to visit Carlisle Airport and fly over our very own Vulcan Bomber XJ823.

The crew at Doncaster is still to confirm the timings and these should be available soon.  The routing XH558 will take on the day is as follows:

Take-off from Doncaster then fly-pasts at Newark, East Midlands, Cosford,Woodford, Carlisle, East Fortune, Sunderland, Elvington and then land back at Doncaster.

Vulcan To The Sky is fundraising for this event and you can donate £5 to Vulcan To The Sky to help cover the cost of the ‘Salute to the V-Force Tour’. You can do this by text message, by sending CLSE555 to 70070.

The Solway Aviation Museum at Carlisle Airport will be open as usual and on the 27th it will be a £3 donation to park, £1 entry to our Vulcan per person and £1 entry to our museum per person.

Ample parking will be available at Carlisle Airport (Disabled parking in the museum car park) and marshals will be on hand to direct traffic on arrival at the main entrance.  We would like to request that people use the car parks to keep the roads clear and not to park across any emergency vehicle access gates or farm gates.

We would also like to request that members of the public do not contact us, Carlisle Airport or Vulcan to the sky about timings as the volunteers or staff will not have the answer.  The Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport and Vulcan to the sky will publish the times on our website’s and social media channels as soon as we have them.  On the day, you will get live updates on the museum’s Facebook page as it happens.

As always, the fly past will be weather dependent on the day.


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We are still looking for volunteers, so if you are interested in joining our society, pick up a form from our front desk on Friday, Saturday or Sunday every week until closing. You can also apply by emailing us.

Photos: Have you any old photographs of our planes or site? We are still looking for photos.

Flight Simulator! Fly our Vulcan XJ823! To keep up to date on when our flight simulators are going to be on please follow our social media groups. Don’t miss out!

Thanks – Management Team.

Photos Wanted

Do you have any photo’s in and around our museum we can use for our 2015 brochure, social media, website and press releases etc?  We are looking for photo’s of our exhibits, people sat in or outside our aircraft and anything else you feel would be good to use.  If you do and you are happy for us to use them, we would be very grateful if you could e-mail them to photos@solway-aviation-museum.co.uk

By sending us any photos to be used, you agree to allow us to publish them on the internet or printed in leaflets and news letters.

Volunteers Wanted

We are currently looking for volunteers to come and work in and around the museum.  You can spend as much or as little time as you like and you don’t need to have any experience, just willingness to learn as full training will be given.  Roles include working in the shop on the days we are open, helping visitors around the museum, painting and washing aircraft, grass cutting, general maintenance and anything else that needs doing.  We have a fantastic team of volunteers and without them, we would not be here today.  If you are interested, please get in touch via e-mail at info@solway-aviation-museum.co.uk or by telephone on 01228 573823.