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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, 20th May 2024; Damien Burke

Not too far away from XM575 is XM594 at the Newark Air Museum. She is in pretty good condition. 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 most days for visitors with a small entrance fee. XM594 has been looked after pretty constantly by the volunteers at the museum despite her changing ownership - the aircraft's original owner (after RAF use of course) sold the aircraft to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association in early 2004, but she did not move as the LLA placed the aircraft on loan to the Museum. In December 2021, the LLA handed over XM594 to the Museum so that she was finally actually owned by them. That coincided with the beginning of a major restoration effort to rectify some corrosion and give her a full repaint, which was completed in 2022. She now looks in fine fettle, with a Blue Steel missile displayed in front of her.

Information on this page current as of 21/05/2024, last updated by Damien

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