Aston Martin Vulcan Meets Avro Vulcan

by Heather Platt | Posted on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Vulcan represents the very best that Aston Martin can do: a monstrous track car boiled down to its essence. But it’s not the only Vulcan ever to roar out of the UK. Aviation enthusiasts will fondly recall the Avro Vulcan, an iconic jet bomber from the 1950s. There’s only one such aircraft still capable of soaring through the skies, and now it’s been brought together with its earthbound namesake.

Aston Martin Vulcan

The Aston Martin Vulcan we already know, though not as well as we might like to. It’s a track-boundsupercar along the lines of the Ferrari FXX K or McLaren P1 GTR. But instead of a hybrid powertrain mounted amidships, it’s got a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V12 up front and kicking out over 800 horsepower. Unfortunately only 24 of them will be made, so even if you venture down to your local circuit for a track day, you’re still not very likely to see one up close.

Even rarer, though, is the Avro Vulcan. Part of the Royal Air Force armory from 1956 to 1984, the Vulcan was a giant delta-wing bomber that measured around 100 feet long (depending on the version) with a wingspan just as wide. Of the 136 that were made, only one – Vulcan XH558 – remains in operation, courtesy not of any national military but of the Vulcan To The Sky charitable trust. But it’s about to be put to pasture as the centerpiece of the Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre at Robin Hood Airport (seriously) near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England.

Before Vulcan XH558 is retired, though, it’s set to make one final flight. And in preparation for that historic event, it made a pass by Elvington Airfield for a brief – if distant – encounter with its namesake. The feat was pulled off purely for the photo op, so whether you’re more into the car or the plane, you might as well check out the results in the gallery above and the brief video clip below.

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