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Avro Vulcan B1 XA898 (7856M) at the RAF School of Technical Training, RAF Halton, in 1971. In its original silver finish, 898 was delivered to No 230 OCU at RAF Waddington in January 1957. 898 participated in the 1957 SAC Bombing competition at Pinecastle AFB, Florida, later that year. Being an early B1 and retaining its Olympus 101 engines, 898 was not included in the B1A upgrade programme and it remained on the OCU until September 1964 when it was transferred to Halton as ground instructional airframe 7856M. It was scrapped in 1971. B1s originally had their VHF aerial under the fin cap but most were replaced by a VHF fit with a single dorsal VHF aerial. RAF B1s (but not B1As that received UHF) also sprouted a whip aerial (standby VHF?) just to the rear of the canopy.

© Ian Howat. This photograph first appeared on Airliners.Net >>

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