1993 – 2007 – The Road to Restoration – Part 2

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A fresh appeal was launched in March 2004 to reach the Trust’s commitment of 29% of the funding total, required before the HLF would issue a ‘Stage 2 Pass’ and release the grant. Finally, Dr Pleming and Felicity Irwin were able to announce that “this is indeed history in the…

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1993 – 2007 – The Road to Restoration – Part 1

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In 1993 XH558 became the last Vulcan to leave RAF service, after a career of 33 years. At around 10am on the 23rd March she took off from RAF Waddington for her final flight with the RAF, and embarked on a tour of old haunts, including St. Athan, BAE Woodford,…

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1982 – 1992 – The beginning of the end

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No. 27 Squadron flew the last Scampton Vulcan Sortie on the 31st March 1982, disbandment day, and handed over the maritime reconnaissance role to the Nimrod fleet. The running down process had first claimed 230 OCU in August 1981, closely followed by No. 617 Squadron in December and No. 35…

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1970 – 1982 – Tactical Roles

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Following the transfer of the strategic deterrent role to the Royal Navy’s Polaris fleet, on 30th June 1969, the RAF maintained three nuclear-capable Vulcan wings with different weaponry, and accordingly different standard of aircraft. The Scampton Vulcans were designated B Mk.2A as they had provision for Blue Steel. The Cottesmore…

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