Thunder & Lightnings

Avro Vulcan - Survivors

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 (runner), Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, Yorkshire21/05/2024
XL318B.2RAF Museum London, Hendon, North London20/05/2023
XL319B.2North East Land Sea & Air Museum, Sunderland Airport, Tyne & Wear27/06/2022
XL361B.2Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Canada06/06/2021
XL426B.2Vulcan Restoration Trust (taxiable), Southend Airport, Essex16/09/2021
XM573B.2Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, Ashland, Nebraska, USA23/10/2022
XM594B.2Newark Air Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire21/05/2024
XM597B.2National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, Lothian, Scotland28/06/2022
XM598B.2RAF Museum Midlands, RAF Cosford, Shropshire24/04/2022
XM603B.2Harrow Estates / Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford, Cheshire10/02/2024
XM605B.2Castle Air Museum, Castle AFB, Atwater, California, USA21/01/2021
XM606B.2Eighth Air Force Museum, Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA13/03/2021
XM607B.2RAF Waddington (under restoration), Lincolnshire17/08/2021
XM612B.2City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk05/12/2022
XM655B.2John Littler/655 MaPS (taxiable), Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome, Warwickshire02/10/2022
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XJ824B.2AImperial War Museum, Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire23/05/2023
XL360B.2AMidland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Warwickshire16/05/2022
XM575B.2AEast Midlands Aeropark, Castle Donnington, Derbyshire25/09/2023
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XJ823B.2A(MRR)Tom Stoddart, Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport, Cumbria31/08/2021

Nose/cockpit/other sections

SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
?B.1RAF Scampton Heritage Centre, RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire22/12/2022
XA893B.1RAF Museum Cosford (Stored), Shropshire01/09/2021
XA903B.1Stoneykirk Aviation Museum, Stoneykirk, Stranraer09/05/2022
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XL388B.2South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, AeroVenture Doncaster, South Yorkshire30/10/2023
XM569B.2Gary Spoors & Dave Price, Jet Age Museum, Meteor Business Park, Gloucester, Gloucestershire09/05/2022
XM602B.2Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford, Cheshire10/02/2024
XM652B.2Sue & Roy Jerman, Welshpool, Powys, Wales24/06/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH537B.2MRRBournemouth Aviation Museum, Hurn, Dorset16/06/2022
XH563B.2MRRKen Ward, Morayvia, Kinloss, Scotland24/10/2021
SerialMarkOwner & locationUpdated
XH560K.2Privately owned, Neatishead, Norfolk12/08/2023
XL445K.2Privately owned, Unknown location22/12/2022

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.