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Watch: Video and Pics – Vulcan Bomber flypast at City Airport Barton

Huge crowds gathered at Salford’s City Airport, Barton, to see the iconic delta-winged Vulcan Bomber fly overhead.

The long-range former RAF nuclear bomber, XH558, came into active service in 1960, and was retired in 1993.

This year marks its final flights.

Flying hundreds of miles around the country, the two pilots of the long-range Cold War bomber steered the Vulcan to 17 airports and aerodromes around the UK in a tribute to the country’s V-Force nuclear deterrent.

The northern leg of its journey on Saturday 10 October saw the warplane fly over Salford’s City Airport at Barton at 3pm.

Vulcan Bomber crowds1 Paul Ridgway

Crowds gather at City Airport ahead of the Vulcan Bomber flight – By Paul Ridgway

vulcan bomber Paul Ridgeway

Air Traffic Control tower in the background as plane-spotters gather at the Salford airport – By Paul Ridgway

Vulcan Bomber Phil McKessey Mitchell

A glimpse of the XH558 Vulcan Bomber over the rooftops – By Phil McKessey Mitchell

Vulcan Bomber - By Paul Ridgway

The camouflage of the XH558 Vulcan Bomber – By Paul Ridgway

Vulcan bomber Anthony Mills

The XH558 Vulcan Bomber black against blue sky – By Antony Mills

Vulcan Bomber photobombs Eccles RUFC Stu Newlove

The XH558 Vulcan Bomber ‘photobombs’ an Eccles rugby match – By Stu Newlove

Main image by Paul Ridgway

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