Coleshill, Birmingham-based Subaru UK is helping support the restoration of the only remaining Avro Vulcan bomber, a British delta wing subsonic bomber operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984.
The restoration was funded with lottery money and many of the companies who produced the original components reformed to make replacement parts. The restoration was the culmination of a massive team effort by Dr Robert Pleming, David Walton and generations of dedicated engineers.
Three pilots are needed to fly the restored plane at any one time, all of whom work for commercial airlines. They are part of a team of six volunteer pilots who rotate their schedules around air shows. As they are unable to completely dedicate their time to the Vulcan project, a school will soon be opened to qualify pilots to fly the plane.
Subaru has donated three five-seater Tribecas for towing trailers and transporting staff during promotional activities at air shows.
Starting in January, the team plans to fly the plane for 25-30 hours per year.