Sooty25 wrote:Could the Vulcan be re-registered in the states and then flown out?
I suppose, in theory, if (in some order):
a. FAA would issue a Ferry Permit, and issue necessary Type Rating to adequate crew; and nations necessarily overflown or used for intermediate landing or declared as potential diversions (UK, potentially RoI, Iceland, Denmark for Greenland, Canada ..) gave appropriate permissions
b. HMG would issue an arms export licence (wouldn't want some Argentinian nationalist millionaire to buy it after it had been fully restored to speed and altitude capability
[if same millionaire sought to buy up the Wellesbourne one that might be particularly suspicious ..]
c. owners had repaid all funds received for it to National Heritage Lottery Fund; and
d. .. to all donors who had contributed to it, if such an export was, in opinion of Charity Commission, incompatible with the purposes for which the Trust had been set up. Donors would also, presumably have to refund HMT for any tax breaks received.
e. .. and possibly other hurdles I haven't yet thought of, but if pockets are deep enough ..
Yes, US (very) rich private operators of former military aircraft may have more freedom to do so in USA than in UK, but I've not heard of any move nor inclination of USAF to sell off, say, XB70 in their museum to such an operator. However, with present incumbent of White House, the greatest ever negotiator as we all know, who knows .. ?
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