Dr Robert Pleming’s work in restoring the last flying Vulcan was a remarkable achievement. He was also one of the nicest people I have ever met.
Sadly, Dr Pleming died on 2 February. Tributes to him are at this link.
Many will remember Dr Pleming as a “true visionary whose determination to restore Vulcan XH558 to flight captured the hearts and minds of millions of people.”
John Sharman, chair of the Vulcan to the Sky Trust said: “It is with great sadness that the Trustees of The Vulcan to the Sky Trust announce the sudden death of Dr Robert Pleming on February 2.
“His determination was an inspiration and an exemplar of how to bring a difficult project to fruition.”
Four years after XH558 retired from RAF service in 1993, Dr Pleming and a small team started to investigate the possibility of returning it to flight.
Robert did what many thought was impossible.
Thank you, Robert and RIP.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.