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Avro Vulcan B2 of the Cottesmore Wing at RAF Gan circa 1966. The Vulcan can be recognised as XM645. 645 was the first Vulcan to receive camouflage and its original scheme was non-standard. Note how the camouflage does not extend around the outside of the lower intake lips as on other aircraft (right). The anomoly was corrected at a subsequent respray. Identification courtesy Craig Bulman, author of The Vulcan B.Mk2 from a Different Angle >>
645 was delivered to the Coningsby Wing in March 1964. The Wing moved to Cottesmore in November 1964. 645 was exchanged with a Waddington aircraft in December 1967. In August 1968, 645 was transferred to No 230 OCU at Scampton, returning to the Waddington Wing in April 1971. 645 was transferred to the Akrotiri Wing in March 1974 and returned with IX Squadron to Waddington in January 1975. In October 1975, 645 touched its port leg down short of the runway at RAF Luqa, Malta and the leg was torn off. Still under control, the captain elected to take off rather than continue with the landing. Whilst flying an emergency pattern, the aircraft blew up. The pilots ejected but the other five members of the crew (including two crew chiefs) were killed as was a woman civilian on the ground.

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