'Fly Victor' …
The Mission – should you decide to accept it?
Would you, a family member or close friend love to be in command of an icon of British aviation history?
You can help us deliver another classic full-cockpit simulator by supporting flight time to be redeemed with vouchers in 2020. Ideal as a treat for yourself or as a gift for someone special - whatever the occasion - fully transferable and valid all the way through to 31st December 2020. It will be just like flying the real thing!
We need your help to achieve £48,000 of an identified funding shortfall in order to deliver this new and exciting Cold War experience. Donate to support 'Fly Victor' during this campaign and when we reach the target, we will send out vouchers that can be redeemed once we are underway and open. These are discounted to normal rates as a ‘thank-you’ for helping build the experience.
If we don't, you get a full refund from this site, so there is no risk.
With prices ranging from £85 through to £850 for a full corporate day for 8 people, there is something for everyone. See our various packages in the right-hand column.
We will track progress on our social media channels, not only while Crowdfunding, but during the build stage too.
Here is one we prepared earlier - The Vulcan Flight Experience!
We hope you will come with us on this exciting journey - should we say, flight!
The far more complex Victor cockpit!
Is this a mission you wish to accept? Then do please, read on …
'Fly Victor' is literally what it says on the tin… you (or a gift voucher recipient/relative/friend or work colleague you nominate), can fly in a 1:1 full-scale replica cockpit of a Handley Page Victor aircraft in a fixed-base simulator format to be built as part of a new Cold War aviation experience, right next to RAF Cosford.
With accurate reproduction of the Victor environment, complete with avionics and controls of the period, a top-grade audio-visual system, worldwide scenery database and vibration plate technology mixed with other supporting effects, you will soon be lost in a world of realistic flight missions in this iconic aircraft – a marvel of post-war British aviation design.
This Cold War warrior was the last of the British V-Force aircraft to make its maiden flight and was the most technically advanced of the three. It was also the last to retire from RAF duties in 1993. Unlike modern-day aircraft with their computer systems, this simulator will offer real ‘seat-of-your-pants’ flying in a cockpit that uses traditional analogue avionics and systems that will really give you a feel for flying a large, but agile, 4-engined Cold War aircraft. This is no computer game - it's as real as it can get to flying a Victor - safely!
'Fly Victor' will be built by the same team (seen above in XM715) at Virtual Aerospace that brought the Vulcan Flight Simulator to Manchester. This has proved highly successful and has a long waiting list. 'Fly Victor' will add another of the V-Force aircraft - some maintain the most futuristic of the three - to a Midlands location that is rich in aviation heritage, with a former WWII building right on the edge of RAF Cosford already reserved as the experience centre.
See a picture of the building lower down this page.
Find out more on the existing range of Virtual Aerospace simulators here:
The RAF Museum and the National Cold War Exhibition are just 5 minutes away so this experience will make the ideal two-stop adventure for aviation enthusiasts or the general public, alike. The rewards are based on the various flight times that will be available and represent a 30% saving from the rates that will be published on the website once open. It gives supporters and donors to this project a discount for their superb and highly valued support. A family and friends package for 4 people or a 'challenge day' for between 4 to 8 people is also available.
As the build time is 6 months, the 'Fly Victor' attraction is scheduled to open in January 2020, with all gift vouchers given as rewards valid until 31st December 2020. On successful completion of fundraising, applicable time vouchers will be posted to all donors, with on-going updates given by email (if provided), or on our website and social media channels. See: www.fly-victor.uk or our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Do please follow us for updates.
This funding request and reward offers are only open for a limited time - please tell your relatives, friends and work contacts about us.
As authentic and as realistic as possible.
With team access to Victor aircraft and various V-Force aircraft spares, we will be making the cockpit as realistic as possible with some original parts adding to the ‘smell and feel’ of the working environment. Just as with the Vulcan project, we will be asking former Victor pilots to flight-test the simulator in advance of the public – making sure the feel and functionality of the controls are as accurate as possible. The build cockpit will be based on dimensions and photographs kindly acquired with the help of David Walton, who owns Victor XM715 ‘Teasin’ Tina’, based at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.
Friendlier access for able-bodied and less mobile guests
Free from the cramped constraints of the smaller Vulcan cockpit, with more width and headroom, together with a lifting central control panel, we intend to make the 'Fly Victor' Captain’s seat easily accessible to those with limited mobility, back problems or that rely on a wheelchair. With a hand-operated nose-wheel steering system on a Victor, control of the rudder pedals is not essential for most flying scenarios, meaning the full simulator experience can be enjoyed by many more.
Mission profiles and options.
The aircraft can be configured for various in-flight refuelling challenges or as a bomber. Scenarios will allow low-altitude simulated attacks through valleys, or, high-level formation flying and tanking operations. Take-offs, general handling and landings can be made from and to any airport in the world in your choice of weather conditions - day or night.
What else can we offer if we exceed initial funding?
Our initial target to complete the build is £48,000, although if we are able to secure an additional £17,000 of funding, we will be able to add a series of Cold War experience rooms to the venue that will be historically accurate to the early 1970’s Cold War era, whilst also being educational and entertaining. Success to the stretch target will then deliver a Cold War escape room/educational facility within the venue, transporting people to the height of tensions between East and West Germany across the Berlin Wall. This espionage scenario will see you needing to rescue a British spy - who has been exposed by a double-agent - before the authorities discover his hiding place and arrest him.
Will you get there before they do?
(A small additional charge will be applicable for the Escape Room experience once built.)
These rooms will be available for booking separately as an Escape Room experience, as well as being true to the time period and acting as an exhibition centre for V-Force memorabilia and artworks.
‘Fly Victor’ benefits for donors and visitors
As well as a fantastic flight experience, the simulator will help all visitors understand the history and importance of V-Force aircraft during the Cold War, the effects of deterrence and will demonstrate the laws of aerodynamics that make aircraft fly. We believe it will also be an inspiration for potential aviators of the future, with children as young as 12 years of age (or 1.2mts tall) being able to take part.
If you wish to get your child hooked on aviation as a potential career - then this is an ideal way.
The experience will be good for young or old, PC gamers, flight-sim experts or complete novices. The rewards make excellent gifts and are also ideal for corporate entertainment. If not for oneself, they make perfect gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas – so you can support this project and then, maybe, reward someone else too!
Location and timescale for the build.
A suitable building has already been identified and reserved on a small business park right next to RAF Cosford in Shropshire. It is a former Sergeant's Mess. This site is within 20-minutes’ drive of Wolverhampton, Telford and Shrewsbury Town Centres with road access just 2 minutes from Junction 3 of the M54. This is easily commutable from Birmingham and its conurbations while the outlying counties of Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire will involve no more than a 90-minute drive. We certainly hope to see people joining in from further afield – and a gift recipient will certainly be willing to travel, perhaps taking in an overnight stay with a visit to the nearby RAF Museum. Our website will offer discounted deals with local hoteliers on opening.
The build timescale is 6 months from June 2019 with an opening scheduled (this funding round willing), in mid-January 2020.
Your reward delivery
Once the 'Fly Victor' simulator build is underway, reward voucher recipients will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time-slot that best suits them during the year ahead on a first-suitability basis.
You or the gift recipient will simply need to call us on the telephone number detailed on the gift voucher. We expect to take bookings for late January 2020 missions onwards from mid-September 2019, once the simulator website is fully operational to record bookings. This system will generate emails that will confirm your booking and a text alert system will remind each party of their booking 7 days and 24 hours in advance of the experience.
The ‘Fly Victor’ simulator experience
After arrival and check-in to our reception, each mission will have a 15-minute briefing and 15-minute de-brief, so even the 30 minutes of flight time option will give a full 1-hour experience for you (or a relative or friend), to enjoy. Your briefing will include a discussion on your preferred mission profile which will be programmed at start-up. Optional extras at the time of booking can upgrade your flight time voucher to make a video recording of your entire flight which can also include engine start-up to engine shut-down if required. Aviation-themed décor and artwork, V-Force information panels and aeronautical memorabilia, together with other attractions will be in the building to complete the Cold War scene of your 'Fly Victor' mission.
Your instructor will sit in the co-pilots seat, while you will have command of the aircraft from the left-hand Captain’s position. You will be guided and helped as needed on your mission, but flight-time is based on your own ‘hands-on’ flight experience.
The rates for flight time rewards are as follows:
30 minutes - £ 85
60 minutes - £ 120
90 minutes - £ 160
120 minutes - £ 200
4-hour family and friends block booking (4 x 1-hour sessions) ideal for group or individual multiple visits/family/team building gifts - £ 375
4-hour family and friends VIP Session 15-minute group lesson, with 4 x 45-minute individual 'Fly Victor' challenges in a circuit Cold War general knowledge competition - ideal family and friend fun/gifts. £ 425
6-hour Family/Friends/Corporate VIP Day challenge
– for between 4 - 8 people. 10 am – 4 pm
A 15-minute joint training session, then 30 minutes each on set 'Fly Victor' challenges to receive points in an organised day that includes a buffet lunch, VIP guided tour of the nearby RAF Cosford Museum, and a Cold War knowledge quiz afterwards with a prize for the winning team member. (An ideal team building/motivational day for any business!).
4 people - £ 550
5 people - £ 625
6 people - £ 700
7 people - £ 775
8 people - £ 850 - our maximum capacity for the day. All vouchers can be selected from the sidebar.
As with all Crowdfunding projects on this platform, if we fail to reach our first target, you will receive a full refund for the pledged donations made. Your gift voucher reward is therefore secure - as monies will only be released to us for the experience once we have sufficient financial resources to complete the build.
Why Crowdfund for this project?
Total investment in this project will be over £150,000, especially when you factor in the simulator build cost, building refurbishment and fit-out, then ongoing lease and staffing costs for the first two years. We are Crowdfunding for some 33% of that so it releases the sum necessary to support the successful opening of the business – and that only proceeds if the total target is met. This frees the business from bank borrowing that would put pressure on straight-away to perform to set targets. This is like selling tickets in advance for a pop concert or West End show you know will be popular. The vouchers under this offer equate to supporting around 4 month's of simulator time – and leaves the business trading at a sound profit right from the opening of operations.
Ongoing operating costs are immediately reduced and more can be invested in delivering and growing the experience. The business will honour all outstanding vouchers as time progresses. Successful fundraising within the aviation enthusiast community, which we are targeting with this crowdfunding offer first, acts as a good benchmark for the project being popular with the general public longer-term. We will be launching a full-service website to sell traditional tickets in the autumn of 2019, very much with the Christmas Gift market in mind. These will be at higher rates, fully comparable to others in the simulator industry.
Supporting us now saves you money!
People are always looking for unique and ‘different’ ways of providing a special gift experience. Sales would then continue via a traditional website with social media feedback and reviews by visitors acting as the perfect sales promotion. Our aim will be to deliver a brilliant experience that exceeds expectations, each and every time!
The size of the task.
With known data from the Vulcan flight simulator as a model, we know the average spend on this type of experience is £120. With £48,000 required to complete total funding, that equates to some 400 people who will need to support the project. This will equate to around 4 months’ worth of bookings and will be a great start for the business.
To help everyone who supports us, the more you can tell others of this limited time offer - the better. Under the rules of this crowdfunding platform, we have to cover our needs or we do not move forward with the project.
How you can help?
Those that wish to enjoy the rewards of a flight time gift voucher themselves or know of the ideal person to buy one for, will naturally support the project at the level they are comfortable with.
What we do ask everyone to do to help ensure success, is to talk with their relatives and friends, mention us on their social media channels, retweet or share our SM posts or talk about 'Fly Victor' at work.
That way we can get more and more people aware of the opportunity and the easier it will be to find those 400 people needed to complete the project.
The 'Fly Victor' team will have a stand at the RAF Cosford Air Show on Sunday 9th June. This will enable us to reach people who are attending the show, making them aware of this opportunity. The Cosford Show is right on the doorstep of our experience location!
Leading the Wolverhampton (RAF Cosford) site with 'Fly Victor' flight simulator operations is Ian Homer, who has over 35 years’ experience across the Exhibition, Branding, Design and Marketing industries. As a consultant to Vulcan to the Sky Trust since 2008, Ian was responsible for establishing their successful online web store, developing branded merchandise including book publishing, and was responsible for the creation and management of the ‘Vulcan Village’ seen at all major air shows between 2009 – 2015 in support of Avro Vulcan XH558.
With a love of aviation since a child, it was not surprising Ian began working in the industry with BAe at Preston in 1981. Not knowing the significance at the time, his life has since turned full-circle - as the VC10 tanker conversion programme he was working on in the early-eighties was delayed due to transferring HDU's (Hose Drum Units) to a stop-gap fleet of Vulcan tankers - one of which, you might have guessed, was XH558!
In recent years, Ian has helped various small businesses with their marketing and helped Virtual Aerospace (VA) develop and market the Vulcan Flight Simulator based in Lancashire. He is now working with VA to bring another iconic V-Force aircraft to ‘flying life’ (with your help) in a manner both aviation enthusiasts and the wider public can enjoy. The building will be developed into a high-standard exhibition centre focusing on celebrating and honouring the V-Force. It will complement the only location in the World where all three V-Force aircraft can be seen - just minutes away at the RAF Museum, Cosford, in their National Cold War Exhibition Hall.
See more on the 'Fly Victor' website at www.fly-victor.uk
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