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Avro Vulcan B2 XM574 of No 617 Squadron RAF Scampton circa 1981. 574 was the first Vulcan in the main production line to be fitted with Olympus 301 engines. Two aircraft had been previously retrofitted with 301s: XH557 and XJ784, and XL391 had been fitted with 301s as a trial installation from new. Later XL384-390 were reengined. 574 was the first 301-engined B2 Blue Steel being delivered to No 27 Squadron in June 1963 and was absorbed into the Scampton Wing. Converted to free-fall at the end of 1970, 574 remained at Scampton until November 1971 when it was transferred to the Waddington Wing. In August 1973 it transferred to the Akrotiri Wing returning to Scampton in January 1975 with No 35 Squadron. Later that year (August) it moved to No 617 Squadron. 574 was scrapped at St Athan in 1982. 574 is unique in that: it has a single ECM plate, it has Olympus 301 engines, it has the shallow blisters behind the leading edges of the wing outboard of the main doors (but no distinctive double Skybolt blisters).

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