Fuel leak prevents Avro Vulcan flights at airshows

The Vulcan XH558 courtesy of John Dibbs
Image caption The aircraft has a wingspan of 99ft (30m) and a top speed of 610mph

Plans to fly a restored bomber plane at several airshows have been scrapped due to a "technical problem", its operators said.

The Avro Vulcan XH558 was scheduled to fly as part of weekend airshows in Bournemouth, Dawlish, Oxford and Shoreham.

The 51-year-old craft has developed a fuel leak in its tank.

It is managed by charitable group Vulcan To The Sky Trust, which is now repairing the plane.

Andrew Edmondson, from the trust, said: "We have every confidence that the problem is temporary.

"We have a 'safety first' policy which means we only ever fly the Vulcan if she is fully serviceable."

Mr Edmonson said it costs around £2m a year to fly the XH558, and relies on fundraising and income from airshow appearances to fund it.

The XH558 first flew in 1960, and its restoration began in 1997 at a total cost of £7m.

It has been appearing at UK airshows since 2008.

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