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Roll-Out achieved !

The planned roll-out of XH558 on 31st August 2006 was a
spectacular success. An estimated 5,000 supporters and
enthusiasts had gathered at Bruntingthorpe to witness a
moment of real drama as, in a cloud of simulated smoke,
the great aircraft emerged from her hangar.

The VOC/Marshall Aerospace team guided her carefully into position
- at which point, the BBMF Lancaster made the first of four spectacular passes overhead. This was memorable sight, as the most famous of
Avro designer Roy Chadwick's mighty bombers paid a symbolic tribute
to the one on which he was working before his untimely death in 1947.

XH558 looked magnificent; and her appearance was an occasion for
both admiration and emotion. VTST Chairman Sir Michael Knight warmly
thanked and congratulated all those who had made the occasion a reality.
He spoke of the tremendous last-minute response to the possibility of
project closure, revealing that some £1.3million had been received in
donations and pledges in the two weeks leading up to roll-out.

A single gift of half a million pounds by philanthropist Sir Jack Hayward
was 'the icing on the cake', with other individual and corporate
contributions ranging from 94p to £60,000 - all were greatly welcome.

The response to some very positive media coverage had clearly done
much to alert loyal supporters and the wider public alike to the 'now
or never' situation faced by the Trust.

The Chairman was also delighted
to convey a message of support
for the project from HRH the
Prince of Wales.

It will now be a case of continuing determination and effort by the
VOC team, Marshall Aerospace and the key OEMs to meet the 17th
June 2007 deadline for a restored XH558s public appearance over London, leading the flypast to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the South Atlantic campaign. The task will not be an easy one; but, as the roll-out surely proved, the seemingly impossible can indeed become a reality.

Bruntingthorpe's hangar will be open for people to view XH558
every Sunday from now from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00p.m. – In line
with museum opening hours and for a minimum donation of £5.00.
Anyone can come and see for themselves all the hard work that
has been put in by our dedicated team.

Individuals or Companies can donate any amount. For companies, the
donation is 100% tax deductable as a charity gift.

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September 2006

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