Charity Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which runs the aircraft have said the plane was now 10% beyond it's flying hours, and although it's as safe as any aircraft flying today, looking for any possible future failure is becoming more difficult.
XH 558 originally arrived at RAF Waddington in 1960, and was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, It's currently based at Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire.
It was named 'The Spirit of Great Britain' in 2010
It was due to retire at the end of the 2013 season, but this decision was reversed following a feasibility study.
I should have the chance to take one last look at the flying XH558 as it's due to appear at my local Southport Air Show in September, but considering bad weather meant the Vulcan failed to appear on the Saturday last year, I wasn't taking any chances this year, hence Blackpool.
"If you don't see her this season, there will be no more opportunities to hear a Vulcan's spine - tingling howl as she climbs high into the sky..."
Dr Robert Pleming - Vulcan to the Sky Trust