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Survivor XM603

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XM603 - Avro Heritage Society, BAE Systems Woodford, Cheshire

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Vulcan B.2 XM603 at Woodford, 24th March 2010; Gary Parsons

XM603 was lovingly looked after by the Avro Heritage Trust at BAE Systems' Woodford plant (with what appears to have been on/off support from BAE themselves - currently decidedly 'off'!). Three of her engines were in running condition, but the fourth was giving them problems for some time. The death of their engine specialist Dougie Godfrey dealt a blow to the plans to replace the engine but they overcame this and installed another 301 engine. They hoped to run all four engines up soon after, with a possibility of taxiing the aircraft at the Woodford airshow in 2000 but sadly never made it and after then the aircraft became subject to restrictions on working on it with engine runs forbidden. The dreaded health and safety was quoted as the reason, with BAE Systems being accused of wanting the airframe quietly scrapped. In recent years the aircraft's future has looked very bleak and she was thought likely to be scrapped at any point. With BAE's departure from Woodford, however, there seems to have been some changes afoot and as of 8th October XM603 had been towed away from her usual spot, apparently as a prelude to cleaning her up. Watch this space...

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