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Avro Vulcan - Survivor XM598

B.2 XM598 - RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire

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Vulcan B.2 XM598 at Cosford, 21st April 2022; Jake Wallace

This is XM598, the RAF Museum's second Vulcan. Cosford rarely open up their aircraft, but 1997's Aviation Heritage Week offered an open cockpits day at Cosford, and the Vulcan and Belfast were accordingly opened up giving people a chance to look inside. An air conditioning unit was humming away inside and had kept the cockpit from getting too damp, but there was still some moss and moisture in it, 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, and it should now 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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