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B.2A XL360 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire

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Vulcan B.2A XL360 at Baginton, 20th April 2013; Richard E Flagg

The Midland Air Museum's XL360 is the only preserved Vulcan with a name - City of Coventry. Even so, it was only given the name after it had left RAF service! Even when in service very few Vulcans were ever given names. She entered service with 617 squadron on the 1st of March 1962, then served with 35 squadron, 230 OCU and 44 squadron before being flown into retirement at Coventry airport on the 26th of January 1982. The museum is one of the few to regularly open up their Vulcan to visitors; basically almost every day, depending on staff availability. The result is a Vulcan that birds won't nest in (too noisy with all those humans banging about!) and a cockpit that is well aired - even so moisture is a problem as with many static Vulcans. In late 2000 and early 2001 XL360 has underwent a good cleaning and was partially repainted during 2003/2004.

Sadly, today XL360 is now looking very patchy and faded again and really needs to be repainted properly.

Information on this page current as of 18/06/2021, last updated by Jake

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