Aston Martin Vulcan supercar unites with Avro Vulcan jet before last flight

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 12, 2015

The Avro Vulcan, the famous British 1950s V bomber, has finally met the Aston Martin Vulcan, its modern-day namesake. This is noteworthy as it comes at a time when the last airworthy V Bomber is preparing for its final flight set later this month.

Vulcan To The Sky, a charitable trust, currently operates the Vulcan XH558. The Vulcan XH558 is expected to retire from ‘active service’ by October. After that it is expected to become the centrepiece of the Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre which is located at the Robin Hood Airport in nearby Doncaster.

Even before the final flight, this legendary long range Cold War-era bomber was already paired with the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan supercar through a special fly-past at the Yorkshire Elvington Airfield.

The Aston Martin Vulcan was created out of a broad motorsport experience and to date, it is the brand’s most exhilarating and intense model.

The brand’s engineering ingenuity is clearly evident in the Aston Martin Vulcan with the 800-plus bhp and all-carbon fibre. But when mated with the brand’s well-known flair for design, we get the Vulcan with its most extreme performance ever.

With only 24 units to be released worldwide, this new supercar from Aston Martin gives owners the chance to tailor their very own track day experience by adjusting the scale of the detailed power and its dynamic performance.

According to CEO Dr Andy Palmer, the Avro Vulcan served as the inspiration for the naming of the brand’s most extreme sports car. He also expressed the company’s happiness that it was able to unite these ‘two Vulcans’ and therefore deliver its very own homage to this world-famous aeronautical phenomenon.

The final flight of the Vulcan XH558 will be led by Chief Pilot and Operations Director Martin Withers DFC. He shared that piloting this unique fly-past was a “memorable occasion” and that he is glad that the Vulcan name will be recorded in history books and be seen at the new educational centre in Yorkshire as well as have its name carried by Aston Martin’s “incredible new sports car.”

Additional details of the Vulcan XH558, including its last month of operation, will be made available through the Trust’s website at The first deliveries to worldwide customers of this track-only Aston Martin Vulcan are scheduled to take place towards the end of 2015.

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As the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan prepares for its final flight later this month, the iconic 1950s British V bomber has been united with its modern namesake: the Aston Martin Vulcan.

Vulcan XH558 – currently being operated by the charitable trust Vulcan To The Sky – is due to retire from ‘active service’ in October, going on to form the centrepiece of the educational Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at her home base, Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster.

Ahead of that final flight, the famous Cold War-era long range bomber was paired with the Aston Martin Vulcan – the new track-only supercar – via a special fly-past at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire.

The British luxury car maker’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date the Aston Martin Vulcan is born out of extensive motorsport experience. Using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity, the 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan delivers truly extreme performance.

Uniquely for Aston Martin the new supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – allows owners the opportunity to precisely tailor their track day experience through a graduating scale of detailed power and dynamic performance adjustments.

CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said: “Clearly the Avro Vulcan provided the inspiration for the naming of our most extreme sports car, and I’m delighted that we have been able to unite the ‘two Vulcans’ and deliver our own tribute to this world-renowned aeronautical phenomenon.”

Vulcan XH558 is flown by Martin Withers DFC, Chief Pilot and Operations Director. He said: “Being at the controls for this unique fly-past was a memorable occasion.

“Personally, it is great to know that the Vulcan name will live on not only in the history books, and at the new educational centre in Yorkshire, but via Aston Martin’s incredible new sports car.”

First deliveries of the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan to customers worldwide will take place before the end of 2015.

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