The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating whether the popular Avro Vulcan performed a banned ‘barrel roll’ manoeuvre while flying over Grantham.
The move was captured on camera by Grantham aviation enthusiast Ben Moorcroft, who says he recognised straight away that the Vulcan had performed a rare barrel roll while flying over the town on October 4.
Watching with his family by Gorse Lane water tower, Mr Moorcroft said: “When we first saw it, we all cheered, as it was amazing to see it happen. A Vulcan barrel roll was kind of the ‘holy grail’ of aerobatics.
“It was only later that the irresponsiblity and danger of the manoeuvre sank in, especially coming off of the back of the recent tragedy at Shoreham Air Show.”
Performing such ‘high energy’ aerobatics in vintage jets was banned by the Civil Aviation Authority following the Shoreham Air Show disaster on August 22, in which 11 people were killed.
In response to the Journal, a CAA spokesman said: “The CAA is investigating a recent flight when the Vulcan aircraft may have performed a roll manoeuvre. This did not occur during an air display.”
The Vulcan XH558 was restored by British charity Vulcan to the Sky Trust, and this year has been admired during flights and airshows across the UK. However, 2015 will mark the last of her flights due to her age and technical considerations.
The CAA added that a review into air display procedures is due to be published in the New Year.