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Avro Vulcan - Survivor XM594

B.2 XM594 - Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Vulcan B.2 XM594 at Newark Air Museum, 31st March 2021; Damien Burke

Not too far away from XM575 is XM594 at the Newark Air Museum. She is in pretty good condition having been repainted over the course of three years in the mid 90s and having some other work done in more recent years. Until a few years ago, she was electrically live and regularly powered up but Health & Safety guidelines put paid to this when the museum's staff expanded to the point of coming under the aegis of the H & S villainy. Damn shame (the museum has since informed me the Rover APU is run occasionally at special events when volunteer availability and serviceability coincide).

The cockpit is in excellent condition and opened up at weekends for visitors with a small entrance fee. The aircraft's former owner sold the aircraft to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association in early 2004. The LLA placed the aircraft on loan to the Museum.

Since then, XM594 has been looked after by the volunteers at the museum and seems to be undergoing a Forth Bridge style constant repaint, interrupted by the pandemic of course. Also, in December 2021, the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association handed over XM594 to the Museum. There is planned to be a handover ceremony later this year.

Information on this page current as of 06/03/2021, last updated by Jake

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