Avro Vulcan Cold War Archive
XM594 can be found at Newark Air Museum??
These photographs were taken in October 2007. Please click any of the images to enlarge it.
My thanks go to the staff who kindly allowed be access to the cockpit of this aircraft. Something which is usually forbidden.
Vulcan XM594 was delivered to Newark Air Museum on 7th February 1983
Note the "lump" just behind the tail fin. This contains the brake chute
A Blue Steel Nuclear Missile. Note the bottom
fin appears bent.
The Blue Steel would be carried in the bomb bay with the bomb doors open as it was too big to carry with them shut
Blue Steel posed a problem for ground crew as it's propellant fuel was not easy to store and highly toxic
A transporter used to bring the Blue Steel missiles from their storage to the Vulcan prior to fitment
Note the size of the Blue Steel Missile in comparison to the size of the Vulcan
Note the small aerial just visible on the top of the fuselage to the left. This allowed the Vulcan crew to receive and transmit using a VHF radio
The canopy of the Vulcan could be jettisoned in
an emergency to allow the captain and co-pilot to eject.
This is an internal fuel tank. It would be installed within the bomb bay and allow the Vulcan a greater range if required
The rear view of the internal bomb-bay fuel cell
Note the strange "lump" on the right.
A better view of the cooling duct
Note the squared-off shape at the top of the tail. This housed the Radar Warning Receiver. It would help tell the Vulcan crew when their aircraft had been "illuminated" by enemy radar or missiles
This Vulcan has a mid-air refuelling probe attached to her nose
A closer view of the TFR and the Refuelling Probe
The protrusion just below the RAF roundel is a
A close up view of the front wheels.
The "blister" under the fuselage was used as a visual check by the bomb aimer when the Vulcan dropped ordinance. It was seldom used
The "lump" under the refuelling probe houses
the terrain following radar (TFR).
The camouflage / white paint scheme was used to minimise the chances of the enemy observing the Vulcan when she was either in flight, or on the ground
This insignia, painted on the crew hatch, is of
Unlocking this lever would allow the crew hatch to drop down, allowing the crew assess to the surprisingly small cockpit of the Vulcan
The red and white cross near the top of the tail signifies the links with Lincoln
XM594 - A Cold War icon
Note the eight nitrogen-filled wheels attached to each rear bogey
A display at the Newark Air Museum - Well worth a visit
A model of a Blue Steel missile on its transporter
The well preserved cockpit of XM594
The rear of the crew compartment
The panel would open in flight to reveal the
Ram Air Turbine.
2 x 1000lb bombs. The Vulcan could carry 21 of these if necessary
XM594 - A most impressive sight
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