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B.2 XM573 - Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, Nebraska, USA

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Vulcan B.2 XM573 at Ashland, 2nd October 2020; SAC & Aerospace Museum

XM573 was delivered to the RAF on 28th March 1963, entering service with 83 Squadron. She went on to serve with the Scampton and Waddington Wings, then 230 OCU in February 1968. By June 1970 she wsa enjoying the sunshine with the Akrotiri Wing, returning to the UK and 27 Squadron in April 1974. She spent brief periods with 44 Squadron, 230 OCU again and finished her active days with 9 Squadron. She was flown to Offutt air force base in the USA on 7th June 1982 and presented to the the then-Strategic Air & Space Museum as a token of cooperation between the Royal Air Force and Strategic Air Command.

Like most of the collection at the former Strategic Air Command museum at Offutt AFB, she was outside for many years in the harsh weather conditions typical of Nebraska (summer highs around 30-35C and Winter lows that can be well below -10C) and shows the effects of being exposed to those extremes.

With the Museum's rebranding and move to a new facility at Ashland, she was moved indoors for a while but is now back outside whilst some restoration efforts are underway. Once these are complete she will apparently be going back indoors. Hopefully those efforts will include a repaint!

Information on this page current as of 21/01/2021, last updated by Damien

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