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Survivor XM569

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XM569 - Gary Spoors & Dave Price, Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire

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Vulcan B.2 XM569 at the Wales Air Museum in 1989 (top; Colin Mears) and then at the Jet Age Museum, 20th April 2000 (bottom; Bob Lawson)

Now onto XM569. This one's a B.2 and is all that remains of the full aircraft that was displayed at the Wales Air Museum at Cardiff airport. The collection there expanded very quickly yet had no buildings to house the aircraft in at all, and being near the sea the salt air quickly made corrosion a big problem in their aircraft. The museum's owners didn't really treat the aircraft as historic exhibits - and applied some unusual paint schemes (e.g. RAF and then RAF Gulf War paint schemes on a Mk.1 Buccaneer!). Eventually the museum collapsed and the collection was dispersed; several of the aircraft were rescued, but a good number were scrapped. XM569 was one of the unlucky ones but the nose section was saved. It was used to advertise a new leisure centre (The Planets) in Woking - made up as a rocket with silver paint and attached fins. It sounds bad, doesn't it! But thankfully when that task was complete, XM569's luck changed for the better. The fins were removed and the owners loaned it to the Jet Age Museum at Staverton - where it is now displayed on a raised framework with the access ladder down so that visitors can take a look inside. Inside the nose is in good condition with only a few missing instruments. The museum's volunteers hope to light up the cockpit in the same manner as their Canberra's cockpit (which looks superb - roll on similar treatment for XM569), and have stripped off most of the silver paint to reveal the camouflage colours once more. Unfortunately the museum has been forced to shut its doors by the airport authorities who want to demolish the hangar that the museum use, so for the time being this aircraft is not accessible.

Information on this page current as of 20/04/2000

Find other photos of XM569 on the following sites:

Air-Britain - Airliners.net - Airplane-Pictures.net - flickr.com - IrishAirPics.com - JetPhotos.net - PlanePictures.net

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This page last updated on Thursday 12th April 2012

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David Rose from Gloucester

Posted at 8:51pm on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Jet Age Museum has now been open since the August Bank Holiday 2013 and has surpassed all of our expectations. Over 5,500 visitors in 5 months!
XM569 has had some work carried out, crew hatch opens and closes much easier than it did, inside has been cleaned, sprayed to get rid of aluminium corrosion, radar housing has been cleared out of rubbish (not easy getting in and out when you are 65!).
After a hurried paint job to go on public display at the Flying Shack in 2011 the remaining silver paint is flakin... read more »read more »

Graham Waddilove from Lancashire

Posted at 1:20am on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

I have a picture of this Aircraft when still in operation, while I was stationed at RAF Waddington in 81-83(ish) on 50Sqn

Simon Lonsdale from Gloucester

Posted at 1:07pm on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The nose section is now back with the Jet Age Museam in their new location. I visited this last weekend and you can now again go inside. Well done to the museam

David Rose from Gloucester

Posted at 6:30am on Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Further to my other post, it is hoped that the Jet Age Museum will begin construction of it's new museum premises this September/October. A site has been allocated by Staverton Airport. Has to be good news for aircraft enthusiasts as well as for the airport.

David Rose from Gloucester

Posted at 6:28am on Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The nose section has been cleaned up, last remnants of the ridiculous silver paint removed and original camouflage restored.
30 July 2011 - the Flying Shack is hosting a BBQ with the cockpit open for viewing. More details at the Flying Shack website (search on google as I cannot put the URL on here) and click on 'Latest News-The Flight Log' link on the left.

Peter Horsburgh from Gloucester Airport

Posted at 5:57am on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Sorry, I realised that the aircraft serial might not appear on the last note. The Vulcan nose at the Flying Shack is XM 569

Peter Horsburgh from Gloucester Airport

Posted at 5:55am on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

This nose section is, with effect from yesterday, at 'The Flying Shack' at Gloucestershire Airport (Staverton). The Jet Age Museum will start renovation on the section soon. The exterior is available for public viewing. The Flying Shack facebook page has photos. - Regards - Peter

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