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Avro Vulcan XH563, Teeside, August 2015



The Amateur Wanderer

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Avro Vulcan XH563 & Friends, Teeside 2015

Introduction

Here's an old one from the archives for you girls and boys from back when we actually had time to find new stuff, this day was truly amazing the time we came across an Avro Vulcan, Gloucester Meteor and an English Electric Lightening in a field near Middleton St. George. Explored with @BoroLad after viewing XH558 doing her rounds over Croft, we decided to keep this one to ourselves at the time having found the aircraft in tip top condition still full with original equipment, the aircraft have recently entered preservation up north in Scotland. Still one of, if not my favourite explore to date. I was literally like a kid in a sweet shop having a Vulcan cockpit entirely to myself, and yes many aeroplane noises where made in the making of this report as I visualised myself taking off from Finningley for Moscow :p

History

A brief history of the Avro Vulcan, followed by what I know of this particular airframe XH563.

The Avro Vulcan is a four engine (Rolls Royce Olympus) Delta Wing bomber designed by Roy Chadwick of AVRO for the Royal Air Force with the sole purpose of delivering Great Britain's airborne Nuclear Deterrent. Unfortunately Roy Chadwick also the designer of the famous Lancaster Bomber of second world war vintage would sadly die before seeing his revolutionary delta wing bomber take to the skies.

The Avro Vulcan entered service with the Royal Air Force in 1956, she was retired in 1984. The type saw action in the Falklands War as a conventional bomber during the Black Buck Raids, XM607 which now resides at RAF Waddington has become famous from Black Buck 1 in which she attacked the Airfield at Port Stanley with 1000Lb Steel Bombs. This raid is also to this date the longest distance bombing raid to have ever been undertaken by any air force. XH558 was the last Vulcan to fly in preservation after been retired in 2015.

XH563, the Vulcan featured in this report was constructed in 1960 as B.2 Variant, the aircraft served with the Royal Air Force until 1982, it is unclear to me at the time of writing as to how she ended up as a cockpit in a field near Teeside but as of April 2017 the aircraft now resides as an exhibit in a museum in Scotland.

Pictures

Obviously this pictures are knocking on a bit now having been taken in August of 2015, but they're not too bad really.

Firstly last start with the other two airframes that are present before moving onto the main attraction.

English Electric Lightening

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Rolls Royce Avon Jet Turbines, the engine that powered the mighty Lightening an engine also famous in the world of industry as used in many power stations across the land.

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The Meteor

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Now then, let's have a look at the Vulcan, firstly here's XH558 seen over Croft earlier in the day, what a machine, all four Olympus Turbines howling overhead, WOW.

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And XH563, a shell of her former self, bless her...

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Cockpit, this was taken on the words tackiest wide angle, I had a funny set up at the time a Nikon Df with a Nikkor 50mm F1.4, which the above pics where taken on, compared with Tamron 10mm glass, below urrgghhh

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Get the 50 back on ffs...

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Throttles, the power of four Olympus Engines, now that's POWAH.

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Radar

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Control column

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Cheers for viewing,
TAW :)​
 

A man called Martyn

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I remember buying parts from the guy who owned these aeroplanes at an aero jumble at Bruntingthorpe, Years later he was in trouble with the law for harassing his neighbour as he would expose himself to her. This collection used to go by the name of the 'North Yorkshire Aircraft Recovery Centre'
 

The Amateur Wanderer

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I remember buying parts from the guy who owned these aeroplanes at an aero jumble at Bruntingthorpe, Years later he was in trouble with the law for harassing his neighbour as he would expose himself to her. This collection used to go by the name of the 'North Yorkshire Aircraft Recovery Centre'
Sounds like a charming fella, from what I heard off the farmer nearby he's in prison now, something firearms related I believe
 

MrDevla

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I'm sure I also saw these aircraft recently as they were being transported to a new location and undergoing preservation. The vulcan is without doubt my favourite bomber, shame XH558 is no longer flying :banghead
 

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