Avro Vulcan B.2 ‘XL319’

  • Description

    c/n PS.28 Built 1961, retired 1983. On display at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museums (NELSAM), Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, UK. 11th September 2017 The following history for XL319 is from the very informative NELSAM website:- “XL319 was aircraft number three from a batch of twenty-four Vulcan B.2's (XL317-XL321, XL359-XL361, XL384-XL392, XL425-XL427 & XL443-XL446) ordered under contract 6/Air/13145/CB.6(a) and the 28th production aircraft from a total of 89. It was completed by 19th October 1961 and delivered to RAF Scampton for 617 Squadron (Dambusters) in an all white anti-flash colour scheme on 23th October 1961. It later served with 83 Squadron before the introduction of centralised servicing discontinued the allocation of individual aircraft to specific units and put the aircraft under the control of Scampton Wing (27Sqn, 83Sqn & 617Sqn). When unit marks came back into vogue in 1969 the markings of 230OCU at Finningley appeared on the aircraft (the aircraft moved with the unit to Scampton). When 35 Squadron returned from Akrotiri, Cyprus in January 1979, XL319 was transferred to their charge. Prior to disbanding of 35Sqn on 28th February 1982, it was transferred to Waddington for use by 44Sqn, in whose markings it appeared in by 13th April 1982. 44Sqn disbanded on 21st December 1982. During the Falklands war in 1982 XL319 was one of three Vulcan's which embarked on a good-will tour of the USA, eventually returning home via Goose Bay, Canada. It was acquired by the museum for £5,000 and flown to Sunderland Airport by Sqn Ldr R J Reeve and Sqn Ldr N McDougall DFC on 21 January 1983 to join the NEAM and was the first of its type to be released to an independent collection in the UK.”
  • Owner

    Hawkeye UK
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65001151@N03/25785057108/
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 4 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 2017-09-11T15:19:23
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