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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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