Avro Vulcan XM612

Avro Vulcan XM612 The official restoration page of Avro Vulcan B.2 XM612 based at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. This page is updated by the volunteers working on 612.
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It will be updated when time allows. We do our upmost to ensure regular updates are posted but there are times when other things take precedence. Some simple answers to simple questions we get asked quite regularly (or see bouncing around social media):

-It's not getting scrapped.

-The engines don't run.

-612 has seen better days - hence the ongoing restoration!

-We don't have a lot of funding but we do welcome donations (not just monetary donations either!)

-We are always looking for volunteers - contact the museum for more information.

-We do this in our spare time. This is our hobby, not full time job.

-We're not all aircraft mechanics or ex-RAF. Some of us work in the aviation industry, some of us don't. You don't have to be a qualified mechanic to work with us. We will assist you, let you learn new things and guide you in any way we can. There is work for every skill level, age and ability.

-The aircraft does accept external power. There are plans in place to keep her in a semi live state for years to come.

-We work closely with other museums, we share ideas, help others out and part share

You can talk to us via the museum's phone number, during opening times and asking to speak to the '612 Crew Chief'. If no one is available, we will call you back. Please ask the reception staff for a volunteer form. We can also be reached via e-mail: [email protected]
Please visit the museum's official page at; https://www.facebook.com/NorwichAviationMuseum/

Please note; All views and opinions expressed on this page are those of individuals with a common interest and do not represent the museum in any way. If you are offended by anything posted, please message us privately and we will discuss this with you in a rational manner.

Operating as usual

Replacing some stencils.   Some more practice required.
25/05/2021

Replacing some stencils. Some more practice required.

Despite the weather,  work continues on rebuilding the co pilots dash.
25/05/2021

Despite the weather, work continues on rebuilding the co pilots dash.

Despite the weather, work continues on rebuilding the co pilots dash.

Ram Air Turbine Handle cleaned up and painted up nothing says warning like Black and Yellow strips Good job Chris ๐Ÿ˜Ž
15/05/2021

Ram Air Turbine Handle cleaned up and painted up nothing says warning like Black and Yellow strips Good job Chris ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Ram Air Turbine Handle cleaned up and painted up nothing says warning like Black and Yellow strips Good job Chris ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Work is beginning on restoration and clean up of Nav Plotter and Electronic Warfare Officer stations on XM612 good start...
13/05/2021

Work is beginning on restoration and clean up of Nav Plotter and Electronic Warfare Officer stations on XM612 good start and well done to the whole team. This Pic shows start of the work ahead ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Work is beginning on restoration and clean up of Nav Plotter and Electronic Warfare Officer stations on XM612 good start and well done to the whole team. This Pic shows start of the work ahead ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Great to see the team back and preparing XM612 for the 2021 season.   We'll done to all. keep up the great work.
12/05/2021

Great to see the team back and preparing XM612 for the 2021 season. We'll done to all. keep up the great work.

Great work by Chris,Tony,Roger and Steve working to manage and treat corrosion in cockpit of XM612, refurb of rudder ped...
11/05/2021

Great work by Chris,Tony,Roger and Steve working to manage and treat corrosion in cockpit of XM612, refurb of rudder pedals and good work by Chris on refurb of the two Jump/crew seats.
Starting to look really awesome. Can't wait to for Mick to refit the instrument panels. ๐Ÿ‘

Up to date Apr 2021 time to give XM612GPU Houchin wheels an overhaul, interesting split ring nut sizes before my time, 5...
07/05/2021

Up to date Apr 2021 time to give XM612GPU Houchin wheels an overhaul, interesting split ring nut sizes before my time, 5/16 BSF or 1/4 BSW. After much fighting finally succeeding in splitting the rim interesting original ground equipment colour, looks like we need four new tyres. ๐Ÿ™‚

2020 - problematic canopy lighting on XM612 GPU, only one light ever seemed to work, single red obstruction light, strip...
07/05/2021

2020 - problematic canopy lighting on XM612 GPU, only one light ever seemed to work, single red obstruction light, strip down and investigation found damaged and corroded terminals, wiring on white lights shorted across. Cleaned up new terminals fitted and rewired, now have all canopy lights, have primarily tested each 200vac and we have active lights, little victories as we move along.

New board for phase balancing under load
07/05/2021

New board for phase balancing under load

New board for phase balancing under load

2019-2020 XM612 GPU Houchin has been a real Frankenstein of a unit, it had been spliced together from 2 units. Unfortuna...
07/05/2021

2019-2020 XM612 GPU Houchin has been a real Frankenstein of a unit, it had been spliced together from 2 units. Unfortunately this time we had a problem with the mid of three phase load resistors that balance when under load, we had a resistor burn out. Removal of resistors and old board new one designed and retro fitted.

Some more pictures found from my archive, more work being carried out on XM612 GPU Houchin electronics, this time it's a...
06/05/2021

Some more pictures found from my archive, more work being carried out on XM612 GPU Houchin electronics, this time it's an overhaul and replacement of burnt out components, new boards and a rebuild 2 AC AVR's all good 2018-2019, we do this as we try to keep the majestic lady live.

2018 XM612 Houchin GPU very unstable 28V AVR, strip down of units, damage assessment and rebuilt with newly redesigned b...
06/05/2021

2018 XM612 Houchin GPU very unstable 28V AVR, strip down of units, damage assessment and rebuilt with newly redesigned boards, 2 working stable 28V AVR's.

Again in 2017 summer prep work being undertaken to get a badly needed coat of paint onto XM612.
06/05/2021

Again in 2017 summer prep work being undertaken to get a badly needed coat of paint onto XM612.

Back in 2017 the discovery of a problem with one of the air brakes not reseating, further investigation has since been u...
06/05/2021

Back in 2017 the discovery of a problem with one of the air brakes not reseating, further investigation has since been undertaken.

05/05/2021

Great to see some power back on 612 last week...

Only 28V to start checking some systems over prior to the 200V being applied.

Will hopefully have some more pictures / video in the coming weeks.

Well weโ€™re off to a great start - Day 1 and our volunteers have already started preparing XM612 for our future public op...
12/04/2021

Well weโ€™re off to a great start - Day 1 and our volunteers have already started preparing XM612 for our future public opening!

612โ€™s cockpit is undergoing an in depth clean and airing, the jump seat has been fitted with a new headrest and some minor repair work carried out on the seat bin, mounted on the rear of the P2 ejector seat.

Our Leccyโ€™s have been busy wiring in a new fuel gauge to the Houchin and stabilising the 200V / 28V supply.

Our former Vulcan Electrician has also been busy re-wiring our P1, Centre & P2 panels, ready for testing later this month.

Next job... inspecting and lubricating all the bomb bay door hinge points before we exercise them ready for opening in under a months time!

XM612  In the sun.  Earlier in 2020.
16/02/2021

XM612 In the sun. Earlier in 2020.

XM612 In the sun. Earlier in 2020.

23/12/2020

From all of us at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum and those working on 612 we hope you have a Good Christmas & Better 2021!

We hope to give you more updates in 2021.

26/11/2019

Battoning down for the winter 612 being closed up for the winter, she'll be open again next spring for continued work. Well done to all volunteers, she is looking better with every brush stroke.

For everyone the latest bit of progress, one of the tasks the team wanted to do before closing the bomb bays before wint...
18/10/2019

For everyone the latest bit of progress, one of the tasks the team wanted to do before closing the bomb bays before winter was to get the doors degreased and painted, awesome job it looks great, well done XM612 team she is looking better every week ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

proping up the airbrake and the busted parts and chain removed from XM612, we fix the air brake and then we can prep and...
08/10/2019

proping up the airbrake and the busted parts and chain removed from XM612, we fix the air brake and then we can prep and paint topside.

checking out and figuring out how to remove the airbrake chains under tension from XM612, not straight forward
08/10/2019

checking out and figuring out how to remove the airbrake chains under tension from XM612, not straight forward

29/09/2019

Latest update XM612 is currently having repairs done to the outer starboard air brake, due to components on this brake under incredible tension and a broken cross member proving challenging for the guys Good Luck and patients is the key ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

21/08/2019

Another step forward managed to get 200V from the Houchin to Latch onto XM612, just a few more gremlins to sort out, slowly slowly, good job to all. after a 28V dc AVR rebuild. A nice stable 28V now

City Of Norwich Aviation Museum
14/08/2019

City Of Norwich Aviation Museum

CNAM volunteers this evening working on re-skinning the Vulcan's elevons.

Moving along nicely starboard tail fin with a nice coat of paint applied, good job by Chris and Steve, as an idea of the...
10/07/2019

Moving along nicely starboard tail fin with a nice coat of paint applied, good job by Chris and Steve, as an idea of the colour she faded to there is a patch on the top of the bee sting near the base of the fin. unfortunately with the new Norwich NDR it was uncertain of the future so work on her wasn't intense.

Work on XM612 moving forward, work on starboard tail well under, prep done ident and flash looking good. Well done to al...
02/07/2019

Work on XM612 moving forward, work on starboard tail well under, prep done ident and flash looking good. Well done to all volunteers meanwhile work continues on the Houchin.

As a comparison this is a photo of the Port side tail fin of XM612 undergoing prep work from 2017, as can be seen lots o...
28/04/2019

As a comparison this is a photo of the Port side tail fin of XM612 undergoing prep work from 2017, as can be seen lots of work undertaken of making good sanding priming the works.

Restoration work is well under way port side tail and topside wing with coat of paint and repairs been carried out on po...
16/04/2019

Restoration work is well under way port side tail and topside wing with coat of paint and repairs been carried out on port side elevons. XM612 starting to look awesome, great effort by the volunteer team.

Hi All! Apologies for the lack of updates! To give you a brief insight into the past six months... we've been focusing o...
12/04/2018
Avro Vulcan, Ticket for an Evening with Barry Masefield, Norwich, 5 May 2018 | eBay

Hi All! Apologies for the lack of updates!

To give you a brief insight into the past six months... we've been focusing our attention on our 25kva Houchin which decided to stop working after the service and repaint!

At the beginning of the year, we found a series of burnt out components and decided to take it offline, check all wiring and components to make sure it is 100% safe before putting power back on 612. We have however got a spare GPU which we hope to use on her soon.

Our electrician has been working tirelessly to bring some of 612's components back online, with the landing lights being the next thing we get serviceable.

The main priority this year is to finish the tail fin and paint on the top of the wing (if we ever get any good weather that is!).

We will also be taking a look at the Starboard air brakes which, as you may have seen in pictures, didn't function properly on the last power up causing damage to one of the chain link/sprockets hidden inside a nicely cramped space.........

Once the Houchin is back online, we hope to get 612's bomb bay closed in order to continue some work on the outside of the aircraft!

The museum is also hosting a talk by Barry Masefield, former Vulcan AEO and Falklands war veteran, details of which can be found here; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/253545246355?ViewItem=&item=253545246355

Barry Masefield RAF (Ret'd) will be giving his LAST EVER public talk in an exclusive CNAM hosted event! Barry once flew CNAM's famous Vulcan XM612, and even took her to RAF Ascension during the Falklands conflict! | eBay!

20/09/2017
City Of Norwich Aviation Museum

Last nights run up. Excellent work team!

Vulcan XM612 - Update - Tonight we fixed the 28V and 200V electrical systems, cycled the air brakes which has highlighted a problem on one of the upper air brakes on the starboard side... we then decided to run our bomb bay doors after working inside for a few weeks... she worked perfectly!

Please check out our JustGiving page - we are almost at our target of ยฃ500 and as you can see progress is being made with the aircraft. Many thanks to all who have generously donated so far.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/avrovulcanxm612

Amazing result by team 612 tonight... all those cold evenings sanding and painting paid off! Next task; sort out the air...
25/07/2017

Amazing result by team 612 tonight... all those cold evenings sanding and painting paid off!

Next task; sort out the aircrafts electrical fault before livening the Vulcan once again...

over to the Fairies!

Hi Everyone,Thank you so far for the ยฃ115 raised towards our ยฃ500 target!  We hope to raise the remainder over the next ...
24/07/2017
Help raise ยฃ500 to help towards the restoration of XM612 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so far for the ยฃ115 raised towards our ยฃ500 target! We hope to raise the remainder over the next few weeks...

We would greatly appreciate if you can share our link below;

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com:443/avrovulcanxm612

Weสผre raising money to help towards the restoration of XM612 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.

Massive thanks to Brodland Radiators for repairing our Houchin GPU Radiator! Turned out to be a repair rather than a ful...
29/03/2017

Massive thanks to Brodland Radiators for repairing our Houchin GPU Radiator! Turned out to be a repair rather than a full re-core - much to the relief of us all!

Cheers fellas!

Great demonstration of flexibilty this week. Received an enquiry from CNAM (City of Norwich Aviation Museum) about helping to keep Vulcan XM612 'alive' by repairing the radiator which is cooling the generator set used to maintain power to the airplane.

The lure of working on the Vulcan had us all, particularly Andrew Firman from production, very curious and eager to help.

After inspection and presure test we quickly found the leak, completed the repair and had the radiator back to the museum within a couple of hours - taking the opportunity to hand deliver in the hope of getting a close up look.

Having been so impressed with the efficient service we were rewarded with a seat in the cockpit which is something Andrew will certainly remember for a while.

Thank you CNAM for the opportunity to work with you on this, your continued restoration of Vulcan XM612 is mightily impressive.

Broadland Radiators designs, manufactures and repairs radiators and heat exchangers used in all types of engine cooling applications - including the mighty Vulcan!

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Great to find this page! Many years ago on a visit to the Norwich aviation museum we were invited to take a look inside the Vulcan cockpit and I got to sit in the pilot's seat. We were told at the time that it didn't have much future apart from to sit there until it's wings fall off, but don't flick any switches in the cockpit 'just in case'. So glad to see it's being looked after and having some life breathed back into it! Keep up the good work!
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End of the 2017 season Solway Aviation Museum Carlisle Airport Next Sunday the 29th October will be the last chance to visit the museum and to get inside our Vulcan XJ823, we then close for our winter refurbishment which will see a new room dedicated to the 100 years of the Royal Air Force. We will also be opening our new aircraft storage building which contains many aircraft not seen by our visitors. Weather permitting work will still be on going on XJ823 to ensure she is ready for the 2018 season. XJ823 now has her own page โ€˜Avro Vulcan XJ823โ€™ where we will be posting updates on work been carried out during the winter. We would like to thank all our many visitors for supporting the museum and a special thank you to all our returning customers itโ€™s great to see so many people keep coming back.