Planes and Choppers
THE MIGHTY VULCAN
Avro Vulcan B2 XM597 at readiness at Scampton in March 1974. This is one of the two Vulcans that succeded in attacking Port Stanley Airfield in June 1982, the other being XM607. Piloted by Neil McDougall, XM597 successfully attacked radar installations around the airfield but on the return journey they encountered a problem with the refuelling probe and could not take on the fuel needed to reach Ascension Island. They diverted to Rio De Janeiro which they reached with only 2,000lb of fuel left. The aircraft and crew were impounded for a week and only released when they promised the Vulcan would not be used in the conflict again. XM597 is now preserved at The Royal Scottish Museum of Flight at East Fortune near Edinburgh.
Picture added on 28 July 2011 at 09:58