Avro Vulcan B2 – XM598, Black Buck Raids, Falklands 1982, Preserved Cosford 1/144
Vulcan B2 – XM598, Black Buck Raids, Falklands (1800 ONLY)
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA31209: Avro Vulcan B.Mk 2 XM598 of 50 Sqn RAF, Wideawake Air Base, Ascension Island, Falklands Conflict, 1982. Now preserved at the RAF Museum Cosford. Limited Edition of 1,800 Pieces
Length 8.25 inches Wingspan 9.25 inches
Avro Vulcan XM598 was selected for use in ‘Operation Corporate’ on the 29th March 1982. Work was immediately undertaken at RAF Waddington to bring the aircraft up to the correct standard and remove any squadron markings of identification. XM598 arrived on Ascension Island on the 29th April. The first surprise attack on the island was scheduled for the night of the 30th April. XM598 was scheduled to be the lead aircraft loaded with twenty one 1,000lb bombs. Shortly after its departure the aircraft ran into a problem. It was unable to fully pressurize its flight deck due to a rubber seal on the “Direct Vision” side window had perished and was forced to turn back and was withdrawn shortly afterwards.
Designed to meet an Air Ministry specification for a high-speed, high-altitude, long-range nuclear bomber, the Avro Vulcan was first flown on August 30, 1952. Though revolutionary, the Vulcan’s original delta wing tailless design was an unknown quantity. The first prototype crashed in the fall of 1949 and the early straight leading edge design was later modified to kink towards the wingtip, giving the service aircraft superior flying characteristics. Carrying Britain’s first nuclear weapon (the Blue Danube), the Vulcan’s original role was nuclear deterrence, but it was later modified for air-to-air refueling missions and maritime radar reconnaissance.