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Survivor XM612

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B.2 XM612 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norwich Airport, Norfolk

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Vulcan B.2 XM612 at Norwich, 12th April 2012; Francis Wallace

XM612 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum was beginning to look rather tatty in the late 1980s but then underwent a lengthy repaint during which a number of corroded areas were repaired and sealed against future damage. The cockpit also underwent a full restoration; the captain's instrument panel looked factory-fresh when I visited in August 1998, thanks to the efforts of a museum volunteer. XM612 used to be able to have some of her electrical system powered up and three of the four engines were suspected to be in good enough condition to be run - if only they had the chance! Sadly the last decade hasn't been kind to her and corrosion is once again evident in many areas, with the paintwork back to looking very faded. Externally at least she doesn't appear to have had a great deal of TLC between 2002 and 2010 and her exhaust cans are now missing - these are often the first things on a Vulcan to corrode right through. However, a repaint has reportedly been begun, and is now progressing albeit slowly.

Information on this page current as of 02/03/2021

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