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Vulcan B.Mk 2 XM602

This Vulcan B.Mk 2 was completed at Woodford on 11th November 1963, fitted with Bristol Siddeley  Olympus 301 engines. Her first flight was 28th October 1963. She first flew in the all white anti-flash paint scheme used for the high altitude role that the Vulcan was originally designed for. Delivered in November to No. 12 Sqn, then part of the Coningsby Wing which moved, shortly afterwards, to Cottesmore in 1964.
XM602 1a
XM603 then transferred to the Waddington Wing in 1968 joining 9 Sqn. In 1975 she joined 230 OCU followed by 35 Sqn & 101 Sqn in 1979 & 1980 respectively.
By this time the paint scheme had changed to the Grey/Green camouflage used in the low level role which the Vulcan was now used for.
She travelled extensively to British and American bases round  the World before being retired by the RAF in 1982 as part of the general removal of Vulcans from service (just missing the Falklands conflict).
XM602 3
XM602 was initially preserved at RAF St Athan but was eventually scrapped in 1993, with the nose section being recovered by the Avro Heritage Centre (as the Museum was then known) and transferred to Woodford.
She is now part of the display inside the museum and visitors can normally visit the cockpit.

 

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