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Avro Vulcan B1A XH502 of the Waddington Wing at RAF Luqa in May 1964 during Exercise Sunspot. The badge behind the roundal is that of RAF Waddington. White Waddington B1As were seen with the City of Lincoln crest on the fin but this was removed when the Wing was camouflaged. Replacement B2s circa 1967 did not receive the crest until the 1970s.

502 was delivered as a B1 to No 617 Squadron at RAF Scampton in November 1958. In August 1961, 617's B1s and 1As were transferred to No 50 Squadron at RAF Waddington. 502 was converted to a B1A in 1962. Subsequently, the Waddington Vulcans were merged into the Waddington Wing. In January 1968, 502 was flown to the fire dump at Scampton. The nose was salvaged and used as an escape trainer at Waddington.

© Peter Middlebrook.

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