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Vulcan B2s XM569 (less its TFR pod) and XM654 of No 50 Squadron at RAF Waddington circa 1980. Built as a B2 Blue Steel, 569 was delivered to No 27 Squadron in 1963 and was absorbed into the Scampton Wing. Surplus to requirements in 1965, 569 was converted to 'free-fall' and joined the Waddington Wing in 1966 and was transferred to Cottesmore in 1968. 569 moved with the Cottesmore Wing to Akrotiri in 1969 before being allocated to No 27 Squadron at Scampton (as a B2) In 1974. Transferred to Waddington in 1976, 569 served with IX, 50, 101 and 44 (Rhodesia) Squadrons befere being sold to the Wales Aircraft Museum in 1983. When the Museum closed in 1995, 569 was scrapped except for the nose section that became part of a show at a theme park. This was rescued in 1997 and is now part of the Jet Age Museum at Staverton. Keen eyes will note that 569 has the longer and narrower engine jet pipes of the 200-series engined aircraft.

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