Unique Battle of Britain mirror and signed Nick Mason book on eBay
Nick Mason’s history of Pink Floyd signed by the legendary drummer
Exclusive aviation art, books and signed memorabilia to be auctioned on eBay this month
All proceeds will support the last flying Vulcan which must raise £400,000 during October or risk being sold abroad
A mirrored drawing of a Spitfire signed by 37 Battle of Britain pilots and a limited edition book signed by legendary Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason head the list of exclusive aviation art, books and memorabilia that can be purchased on eBay during October. Every item has been donated by passionate supporters of XH558, the last flying Vulcan, to help raise funds to keep her flying.
“This is the crunch month for us,” explains Vulcan To The Sky Trust chief executive Dr Robert Pleming. “We have to raise £400,000 during October to keep the last airworthy Vulcan flying in Britain. She’s an icon of the cold war and a vital part of Great Britain’s engineering and military heritage. We have great plans for 2011, we just have to raise enough money right now to ensure that we get there.”
For aviation enthusiasts, the star auction will be for the Battle of Britain mirror, on which a beautifully illustrated drawing of a spitfire is surrounded by the RAF crest and by the original signatures of 37 men who flew in Britain’s most legendary air battle.
For followers of great British rock music, there is an ultra-exclusive copy of Inside Out, the revealing history of Pink Floyd written by legendary drummer Nick Mason. Donated during the restoration of XH558, it is signed ‘hoping to help the Vulcan fly, best wishes, Nick Mason’ – a subtle reference to the famous Floyd track ‘Learning to Fly’. As one of the rare ‘100 First’ copies, the book includes a limited edition certificate signed by Mason and by the celebrated album artist Storm Thorgerson, who’s works include the cover for Dark Side of the Moon as well as many other albums for Pink Floyd, Rainbow, Muse and a host of other supergroups.
Other item to be auctioned on eBay include; books and other pictures signed by squadron leader Martin Withers DFC, Black Buck 1, the only person to have captained a Vulcan in anger when he bombed the runway at Port Stanley during the Falklands war; personal numberplate XH55 ATE, subtle and stylish for ‘those who know’; original artwork and limited edition prints of XH558 and WWII aircraft, some signed by the artists or by aviation celebrities.
To bid for these items, search eBay for the seller vulcantotheskyenterprisesltd. Auctions finish on or before October 31st. Visit www.vulcantothesky.org to read about XH558, sign-up for the newsletter, buy merchandise or make a donation to help keep her flying.
Why is the Vulcan Important?
The Vulcan played a vital peace-keeping role throughout the colt war. It’s delta-wing design and Olympus jet engines led directly to Concorde. It is so agile that it’s designers gave it a fighter-style joystick instead of the traditional bomber’s control yoke. Now there is only one left flying and the Vulcan To The Sky Trust must raise £400,000 this month to keep her in the air.
“The Vulcan is one of the UK’s most popular heritage attractions and an increasingly engaging part of technology and history education, yet we receive no Government funding,” says trust CEO Dr Robert Pleming. “All the money raised from the auction will help to keep her in the air and delighting an estimated two million airshow visitors during 2011.”
A press release on the last flying Vulcan, with more of her history and a candid view of 2010 and the Trust’s exciting plans for 2011, can be viewed at:
Experience the Vulcan at: http://www.youtube.com/
Learn about XH558 at http://www.vulcantothesky.org and sign her 50th birthday card
Help to keep her flying at: http://www.vulcantothesky.org/
The incredible history of the Vulcan and the struggle to keep her flying is told at:
Richard Gotch at Market Engineering
+44 (0) 1295 277050 / +44 (0)7831 569732
Richard Clarke at Vulcan To The Sky Trust
+44 (0) 7541 133683
Images can be downloaded from www.autopresspoint.com or email by becky.curry@