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XM598 - RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire

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Vulcan B.2 XM598 at Cosford, 17th May 2007; author

This is XM598, the RAF Museum's second Vulcan. Cosford almost never open up their aircraft; however 1997's Aviation Heritage Week offered an open cockpits day at Cosford, and the Vulcan and Belfast were accordingly opened up and I have the pictures to prove it! An air conditioning unit was humming away inside and has kept the cockpit from getting too damp, but there is still some moss and moisture in, for instance, the periscope used for checking the undercarriage status. The exterior of XM598 was looking pretty poor at the time and by 2005 was looking worse than ever. Happily since then a great deal of work has been done to rectify corrosion and repaint the airframe, and now it is permanently undercover in the Cold War Exhibition, it should stay that way. Unfortunately it's a bit tricky to photograph now but at least it is protected from the elements!

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