Planes and Choppers
Avro Vulcan B.2 XJ824 outdoors at Duxford
XJ824 entered service on 15th May 1961 as a free-fall B.2 with 27 Squadron at RAF Scampton when it reformed. It was transferred to 9 Squadron at RAF Coningsby as 27 Squadron received its Vulcan B.2 Blue Steels in February 1963. In December 1963, XJ824 was transferred to 230 OCU at RAF Finningley. Subsequent units were Cottesmore Wing - July 1966, Waddington Wing - October 1966, Cottesmore Wing - June 1966 which moved to Akrotiri in February 1969, returning to the UK (Scampton) with 35 Squadron in January 1975. Later users were 230 OCU - February 1977, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron - October 1979, and 101 Squadron - July 1981. The in-flight refuelling probe, robbed for the 'Black Buck' Falklands campaign, has since been restored. Flown to RAF Duxford on 13 March 1982, XJ824 is normally protected from the elements; the big changes to Hangar 1 resulted in a temporary move outside, where this photograph was taken on 4 July 2004.
Picture added on 04 April 2008