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Avro Vulcan


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Not a survivor - XL427 burned
XL427 when used for fire crew training and nearing the end of her days; Colin Mears

The bad old days of entire production runs of aircraft being scrapped are thankfully well behind us, and there are a good number of preserved Vulcans out there, with two in running condition and one airworthy (XH558). The Vulcan's part in the NATO nuclear deterrent force meant that not only have Vulcans been preserved in the UK, four are also preserved on the North American continent; three in the U.S. and one in Canada. Of course, even more were scrapped or burned, and even some of those that were thought safe have since fallen to the scrapman's JCBs and cutting torches - for instance the B.1 at Cosford (XA900), and the B.2s at Cardiff (XM569) and Blackpool (XL391). If you have pictures of Vulcans you'd like to share with the world, please, let me know! I'd especially welcome pictures of the aircraft that aren't linked to in the list below.

Complete aircraft

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH558 (G-VLCN)B.2Vulcan to the Sky Trust (taxiable), Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, Yorkshire20/11/2016
XL318B.2Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, North London13/05/2008
XL319B.2North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland Airport, Tyne & Wear16/11/2010
XL361B.2Goose Bay, Canada01/2005
XL426B.2Vulcan Restoration Trust (runnable), Southend Airport, Essex17/02/2012
XM573B.2Strategic Air and Space Museum, Ashland, Nebraska, USA15/02/2007
XM594B.2Lincolnshire Lancaster Association, Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire31/10/2010
XM597B.2National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, Lothian, Scotland11/2000
XM598B.2RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire17/05/2007
XM603B.2Harrow Estates / Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford airfield, Cheshire12/12/2016
XM605B.2Castle Air Museum, Castle AFB, Atwater, California, USA28/07/2002
XM606B.2Eighth Air Force Museum, Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA10/2000
XM607B.2RAF Waddington (displayed), Lincolnshire09/07/2007
XM612B.2City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norwich Airport, Norfolk16/11/2010
XM655B.2John Littler, 655 MaPS, Wellesbourne Mountford aerodrome, Warwickshire12/12/2016
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XJ824B.2AImperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire20/10/2007
XL360B.2AMidland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire31/10/2010
XM575B.2AEast Midlands Aeropark, East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire26/07/2011
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XJ823B.2A(MRR)Tom Stoddart, Solway Aviation Society, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria17/02/2012

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
?B.1Privately owned, Reigate, Surrey
XA893B.1RAF Museum Cosford, Shropshire08/05/2003
XA903B.1Privately owned, near Stranraer, Scotland25/02/2012
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH560B.2The Cockpit Collection, Rayleigh, Essex
XL388B.2Mike North & John Morley, Aeroventure, Lakeside and Leisure Complex, Doncaster, South Yorkshire12/12/2016
XM569B.2Gary Spoors & Dave Price, Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire20/04/2000
XM602B.2Avro Heritage Society (stored), Swinton, Greater Manchester01/11/2010
XM652B.2Sue & Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales2002
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH537B.2MRRBournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth Airport, Hurn, Dorset12/12/2016
XH563B.2MRRPrivately owned, Over Dinsdale, North Yorkshire01/11/2010
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XL445K.2Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, Suffolk24/05/2013

The Reigate Vulcan nose was from the B.1 and was known as XA909; however it is now thought to be either XA889, XA890 or, more likely, a nose section that never flew and never had an RAF serial.