Avro Vulcan B.2 XM603 rolled off the production line at Avro's Woodford assembly plant in November 1963. XM603 first flew on 15th November 1963 and entered into service with the RAF in December of the same year.
XM603's RAF career began with No.9 Squadron and subsequently served as part of 12, 35, 44, 50, and 101 Squadrons. By the time of XM603'a retirement in early part of 1982 she had achieved 5,733 flying hours. XM603'a last flight was on 12th March 1982 when Sir Charles Masefield flew her back to Woodford.
For the next 20 years XM603 was maintained by the Woodford Vulcan Team until it disbanded in 2002. Years of exposure to the elements have taken their toll on the airframe and XM603 has faced an uncertain future. Fortunately the aircraft is now the centrepiece to the new Avro Heritage Museum which opened to the public on 13th November 2015. The museum is based on the site of the former Woodford Aerodrome and its staff hope to preserve XM603 for future generations.
XM603 is the only surviving anti-flash white painted Vulcan airframe in existence today.
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