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Avro Vulcan - Survivor XH560

K.2 XH560 - Privately owned, Neatishead, Norfolk

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Vulcan K.2 XH560 at Rayleigh?, 25th January 2021; Hansons Auctioneers

First flown on 30th August 1960, XH560 entered service in October of that year with 230 OCU. She soon returned to Avro for some rectification work during which she was allocated for modifications to carry the Skybolt missile then under development. Of course, Skybolt ended up being cancelled.

XH560 returned to service in September 1962, with 12 Squadron and RAF Coningsby. She went on to serve with 230 OCU, the Cottesmore and Waddington Wings, and in November 1971 was flown to Bitteswell for storage pending conversion to B.2(MRR) fit. This conversion was complete by March 1974, and she re-entered service with 27 Squadron. In March 1982 she joined the Waddington Wing once more, and was considered for use in the Black Buck raids during the Falklands War.

She was instead earkmarked for conversion to a K.2 tanker and after this was complete, retujrned to Waddington in August 1982, serving with 44 and 50 Squadrons and later the Station Flight. Her final flight was to RAF Marham in August 1984, where she was withdrawn from use and put on the fire dump in November 1984.

After several years of fire and rescue practice, her remains were scrapped in October 1990, with Nigel Towler acquiring the nose section for his reclusive Cockpit Collection. Little appears to have been done to the cockpit, but pleasing to see she has been kept undercover.

XH560 was put up for auction in 2022, later selling and moving to Neatishead with a private owner by the end of the same year.

Information on this page current as of 12/08/2023, last updated by Jake

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