XH558 was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, flying on from 1986 to 1993 as the single RAF Display Vulcan, a career of 33 years. In 1997, a small team headed by Dr Robert Pleming started to put together an audacious plan to return XH558 to flight, but it was clear from the start that the project would be technically challenging & enormously expensive. Never deterred, the team set off down the path that led to XH558’s return to the air.
Maintaining an aircraft designed 60 years ago that has just passed its 50th birthday is no easy task, but ZOK is ideally placed to play its part because the UK MoD has used ZOK to clean their gas turbine compressors for almost 30 years. Today ZOK is used in Afghanistan and Iraq on all their aircraft which are operational in both combat and humanitarian arenas. ZOK’s corrosion inhibition properties guarantee that the jet engines are ready for flight no matter what the weather or operational conditions. This cleaning technology will ensure that XH558’s 4 Olympus engines are operating at peak efficiency, ensuring this heritage aircraft remains flying for many years to come.
Vulcan To The Sky