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XM715 - British Aviation Heritage (taxiable), Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire

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Victor K.2 XM715 at Bruntingthorpe, 22nd May 2010; author

This is XM715; another one not just parked out in the rain as a dead static exhibit, no! She's a living, breathing example of the Victor, and regularly performs engine runs, and fast taxi runs on open days at Bruntingthorpe. XM715 was produced in the fourth B.2 batch and served with 139 and 100 squadrons, 232 OCU, 543 squadron, 232 OCU again and was converted to K.2 standard (ninth such conversion) and ended up with 55 squadron before being sold to the Walton family and preserved at Bruntingthorpe aerodrome. Watching XM715 screaming off in a cloud of blue smoke and disappearing into the distance with with her huge brake chute billowing is truly a sight and sound worth experiencing! Not only does she sport her Granby nose art ('Teasin' Tina'), she also 'Victor Meldrew' nose art on the other side - testament to her character apparently. Over the summer of 1998 XM715 was completely repainted but a decade or so later she's looking rather faded once more. On 3rd May 2009 a fast taxi run in a gusting crosswind went somewhat awry with the result that XM715 became airborne - thankfully the crew got her back on the deck quickly, reportedly without significant airframe damage, and most importantly with no injuries. With the departure of Vulcan XH558 from the aerodrome, hangar space was freed up to enable XM715 to go undercover for a much-needed repaint and she was rolled out in May 2010 wearing her new colours. These are a little too pink - she should be hemp - but no doubt the weather will fade her to a more authentic shade in due course!

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Chris Curtis from Wokingham

Postd at 12:01pm on Sunday, April 15th, 2012

XM715 was the first Victor SR2 I ever worked on at Wyton in 1967 on posting to 543 from 58 "over the road". Nice to know she's still hanging in there! What a shame no-one has the spare cash to invest in a full major for her!

Dave from Milton Keynes

Postd at 6:41pm on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

It should definitely be flying alongside the Vulcan. But to complete my dream there would also be a Canberra, a Buccaneer and an English Electric Lightning flying past then straight up into the clouds on full re-heat.

Andy Hodge from Warrington UK

Postd at 2:10pm on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Gutted I missed her fly again. Well done to recover without damage.

Tom Howe from Devon

Postd at 4:40pm on Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I'd love to see a Victor flying, it's one of my favourite aircraft, I think if anyone was to restore a victor to flying condition, this should be that victor!

Andy Skinner from Kent

Postd at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Now that we have successfully got the Vulcan flying again, we should look again at the Victor, the two flying together would look stunning and be a true memorial to the guys who took part in the black buck raids and the falklands war as a whole.

Imagine the sky, leading Victor, vulcan following as if on re fuel and then the red arrow, right over the top of the olympics.

The only picture I can imagine more stunning would be concorde, but then thats more down to the government not insisting on perservi... read more »read more »

Tim Trethewey from Cornwall

Postd at 8:29am on Friday, May 8th, 2009

Saw XM715 overshoot the runway on arrival for St Mawgan Airshow in 1975. It sank in the grass and got stuck but they just kept the runway open and advised everyone else not to overshoot as well or they would run into the stranded Victor. Wouldn't be allowed today!

Rob Brown from Norfolk

Postd at 10:58pm on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

I saw this plane take off during a fast taxi run during cold war jet day 2009. It left the ground to about 20 feet for about 10 seconds - she so wants to fly again!!

Harrold Price from lutterworth

Postd at 7:20pm on Monday, October 13th, 2008

I can remember the Victors of 55/57 and Vulcans during the Falklands conflict the Vulcans I remembered as difficult at war (thank goodness it was never used in nuclear warfare) The Victors though despite even at the time 10 years before retirement had high fatigue but were easy and suffered relatively few problems during the hot weather. The HDU's still sometimes became unserviceable but they did at home. I have fond memories even in normal service my favourite memory was nearly getting killed by XM715 I wa... read more »read more »

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