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

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Victor K.2 XM715 at Bruntingthorpe, 26th August 2018; author

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 retired, sold to the Walton family and preserved at Bruntingthorpe aerodrome. 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. She's had a couple of complete repaints while at Bruntingthorpe, in 1998 and 2010. 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, without significant airframe damage, and most importantly with no injuries. That therefore became the last ever flight of a Victor! Sadly, recent developments at Bruntingthorpe look to have put paid to future taxi run events, so the future of the larger aircraft like XM715 is now in some doubt. She's pictured here at an open day, sucking up some water from a traditionally damp Bruntingthorpe runway.

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