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Survivor XM612

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B.2 XM612 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk

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Vulcan B.2 XM612 at City of Norwich Aviation Museum, 21st August 2021; Damien Burke

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! Her condition has varied since, and by 2010 she was looking very faded with her exhaust cans missing - these are often the first things on a Vulcan to corrode right through.

Happily since then she's had a full repaint, had her exhaust cans and various other rotten panels replaced and work continues on keeping her in good condition. One of the museum's heaviest aircraft, her position within the museum compound has resulted in her being a little hemmed in which limits photographic angles but you can at least walk right underneath her and even see in the enormous bomb bay.

Information on this page current as of 21/08/2021, last updated by Damien

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