Vulcan XM655 Maintenance & Preservation Society Wellesbourne Airfield
In this video I introduce you to the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society based at Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield, near Coventry, Warwickshire, in England.
Like so many other people I was captivated by the sight and sound of a Vulcan at air shows during the past three decades.
Seeing a Vulcan fly and hearing that distinctive howl leaves an impression that cannot be forgotten.
Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield and is looked after by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society, a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.
XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition, the only one with the most powerful of the engine variants (Bristol Olympus 301s) and the society aims to keep her running for as long as possible.
The aircraft systems, which are powered up and exercised regularly, are available for demonstration to booked parties of visitors.
Engine ground runs are carried out several times every year, and a ‘Fast Taxi’ event is carried out most summers to show off the aircraft and raise funds to support its preservation.
XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society is a small team of skilled and dedicated volunteers, many of whom are ex-RAF, (some even ex-V-Force personnel and one of whom actually worked on XM655 in service), who give up their Saturdays to preserving XM655.
XM655 is an Avro Vulcan B Mk2, and the youngest Vulcan in existence.
Delivered to 9 squadron at RAF Cottesmore in November 1964, she transferred to the Waddington Wing in January 1968.
She then served with 101 and 44 squadrons, and was with 50 squadron when she was put up for disposal in late 1983.
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