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DVD offers pilot's-eye view of the last Avro Vulcan

An interactive DVD will take viewers through an entire sortie with Britain's last airworthy V-bomber, according to the trust which operates the historic aircraft.

Avro Vulcan XH558 is the last flying example of Britain's Cold War bombers, having been rescued and returned to airworthy condition by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust. The trust has flown the aircraft at airshows in the UK and elsewhere in Europe - it claims a Vulcan appearance can boost airshow attendance by 20 to 40 per cent.

The new DVD covers an entire sortie from start-up to shut-down, recorded by three high-definition on-board cameras with from-the-cockpit commentary by the crew. Viewers can swap between the ground view and on-board views recorded by three high-definition on-board cameras, and between ground sound and the on-board sound, with explanations from the engineers and flight crew.

Prepared for the trust by Planes TV, the DVD includes a full airshow display and air-to-air photography on the way back that reveals some of the techniques used to capture aircraft on film.

“It is a technically-brilliant production that no Vulcan fan or classic aircraft enthusiast should be without,” said XH558 chief pilot, Squadron Leader Martin Withers DFC. “You get a real opportunity to see what it is like for us inside the Vulcan, and to experience how it feels during a display.”

The trust said that, for February only, the interactive DVD is available from the Vulcan to the Sky online store at £14.40, a 10 per cent discount. It is also available in Blu-ray format for £20. Profits from the sales go to keep XH558 airworthy.

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