In 2016 a team of volunteers restored Avro Vulcan XM603. The restoration took over 3,000 man hours and more than 500 litres of paint to achieve the result. I spent over 185 hours working on XM603 myself. The aim of the project was to replicate the condition which XM603 was in when it left the Avro factory at Woodford.
Vulcan XM603 is exhibited outside the Avro Heritage Museum on the site of what was Woodford Aerodrome in Cheshire. It first flew in 1963 and was brought back to Woodford in 1982.
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.
The 2015 Southport Air Show featured the final flypast of the Avro Vulcan together with the Red Arrows. The aircraft which displayed are:
The Scottish Air Show Exhibition 2015 at Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire. On this day (Sunday 6th September) Avro Vulcan XH558 departed Prestwick Airport on its last flight in Scotland.
Photographs of the following aircraft can be found in this gallery:
The 2015 Scottish Air Show was held in Prestwick, Ayr. It featured the last display of Avro Vulcan XH558 in Scotland. Photographs of the following displays can be found in this gallery:
Photos of the 7th Rhyl Air Show taken on Saturday 29th August 2015. Aircraft displaying were: