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B.1A XH592 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire

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Victor B.1A XH592 at Midland Air Museum, 14th May 2022; Jake Wallace

XH592 served with 15 squadron, the Honington Wing, 232 OCU, TTF, 232 OCU again before ending up at the No.2 SoTT at RAF Cosford as 8429M in 1974. XH592 was transferred to the museum where it went on display outside for many years. However, with the retirement of the K.2s, XH592 was replaced with XH672, which resulted in XH592 getting scrapped.

Thankfully, the cockpit section was saved and moved on to Bruntingthorpe and spent some years there, being gradually restored. The underfloor area had suffered particularly badly from moisture and the attentions of various wildlife but the panelling down there was replaced to stop any further infiltration. In late 2015 she was acquired by the Midland Air Museum and the cockpit restoration has taken a leap forward with power now able to be applied to some parts with the intention of it being a 'live' exhibit to give some V-bomber atmosphere in a more accessible means than the museum's Vulcan. In 2019 she finally came in from the cold and is now in the museum's Robin Hangar.

Information on this page current as of 16/05/2022, last updated by Jake

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