KEEPING VULCAN XM655 ALIVE

A dedicated group is keeping Vulcan B.2 XM655 in ground running condition and it can be seen sometimes thundering down the runway at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield. Philip Stevens spoke to some of the enthusiastic individuals looking after this V-bomber.

V-BOMBER SPECIAL

Vulcan XM655 with its nosewheel off the ground – the nose is raised at the end of an aborted take-off run to aerodynamically brake the aircraft.
Clive Hanley Photography

The original plan for Avro Vulcan B.2 XM655, when businessman Roy Jacobsen purchased it in 1984 from the Ministry of Defence, was to keep the aircraft flying. Under the banner of the ‘Vulcan Memorial Flight’ it was to appear at airshows across Europe and North America and so he registered it as G-VULC and also N655AV.

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