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.

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

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

Operating as usual

Our Houchin tyres  have required replacing many years ago.  Many thanks to: Elite Tube and Tyres Suppliers,  Walden, Her...
19/07/2021

Our Houchin tyres have required replacing many years ago. Many thanks to: Elite Tube and Tyres Suppliers, Walden, Hertfordshire. SG4 8DJ for their generous donation of 4 new tyres. This means so much to keep our power set going. Thank you again.

Our new volunteer Tony refitting the pilots panel after tidying up some loose cables.  Ex flight systems so should know ...
17/07/2021

Our new volunteer Tony refitting the pilots panel after tidying up some loose cables. Ex flight systems so should know his job. Thanks Tony.

Giraffe steps moved forward of the cockpit canopy.   Follow our posts over the coming weeks to see the improvement.
14/07/2021

Giraffe steps moved forward of the cockpit canopy. Follow our posts over the coming weeks to see the improvement.

Giraffe steps moved forward of the cockpit canopy. Follow our posts over the coming weeks to see the improvement.

Port side nose painted.   The restricted access with our display tent only allowed limited height. Cherry picker needed ...
14/07/2021

Port side nose painted. The restricted access with our display tent only allowed limited height. Cherry picker needed to complete the task.

Quiet day yesterday but did manage to clean and paint the starboard leading edge.
14/07/2021

Quiet day yesterday but did manage to clean and paint the starboard leading edge.

Quiet day yesterday but did manage to clean and paint the starboard leading edge.

Notice the difference.
08/07/2021

Notice the difference.

Well pleased with the new paint finish.  You can see where we ran out of reach.  Time to move the ground equipment yet a...
08/07/2021

Well pleased with the new paint finish. You can see where we ran out of reach. Time to move the ground equipment yet again.

With the arrival of our paint supplies, work continues on the nose and upper canopy.
08/07/2021

With the arrival of our paint supplies, work continues on the nose and upper canopy.

With the arrival of our paint supplies, work continues on the nose and upper canopy.

Another day on top of XM612.   Preparing for painting.
08/07/2021

Another day on top of XM612. Preparing for painting.

Another day on top of XM612. Preparing for painting.

While XM612 is getting some much needed love and attention we mustn't forget her ground power unit, after 40 years it wa...
07/07/2021

While XM612 is getting some much needed love and attention we mustn't forget her ground power unit, after 40 years it was about time the wheels got some much needed attention all rusted and corroded, tyres split and inner tubes degraded wouldn't want to put 90psi into those. Time to perfom some chemistry in the form of electrolysis (black magic). New tyres fitted better than the split ones saying split you can see daylight through them, was wonder if anyone out there had four 6ply 4.80/4.00 T8 6ply that would take 335kg they would be willing to donate to the museum????

Well done Mick.  Center console being refitted after rewiring work.  Good to see XM612 looking more like herself again.
07/07/2021

Well done Mick. Center console being refitted after rewiring work. Good to see XM612 looking more like herself again.

The image shows the effect of weather and environment XM612.  With limited ground equipment access means constant moveme...
07/07/2021

The image shows the effect of weather and environment XM612. With limited ground equipment access means constant movement of stands. Upper parts next for cleaning.

Well done all. Great start in preparing the nose for painting.  Looking good.
07/07/2021

Well done all. Great start in preparing the nose for painting. Looking good.

Volunteers started the cleaning of the nose port side and intake.
07/07/2021

Volunteers started the cleaning of the nose port side and intake.

Tuesday volunteers moving ground equipment back to gain access.
07/07/2021

Tuesday volunteers moving ground equipment back to gain access.

Tuesday volunteers moving ground equipment back to gain access.

XM612  Photo bombed by the Navy.  Great display and kept dry from the showers by XM612 starboard wing.
07/07/2021

XM612 Photo bombed by the Navy. Great display and kept dry from the showers by XM612 starboard wing.

XM612 Photo bombed by the Navy. Great display and kept dry from the showers by XM612 starboard wing.

Three of our classic British aircraft.
07/07/2021

Three of our classic British aircraft.

Three of our classic British aircraft.

Looks like ZZ Top dropped by to see XM612.  Great day had by all.
07/07/2021

Looks like ZZ Top dropped by to see XM612. Great day had by all.

Looks like ZZ Top dropped by to see XM612. Great day had by all.

Gray skies did not dampen the days enjoyment at the Wings and Wheels.
07/07/2021

Gray skies did not dampen the days enjoyment at the Wings and Wheels.

This weekend we had a great Wings and Wheels event.  Some views from under XM612.  Thanks everybody.
07/07/2021

This weekend we had a great Wings and Wheels event. Some views from under XM612. Thanks everybody.

01/07/2021

This weekend, the City of Norwich Aviation Museum hosts its annual Wings & Wheels event.

Although we cannot open for cockpit visits, the team will be on hand to explain some of 612’s History and future plans.

Any questions are welcome and we thank you for your support!

The end of another successful day.
29/06/2021

The end of another successful day.

The end of another successful day.

After lockdown the rear crew stations suffered condensation and much surface corrosion.  Roger's hard work now showing g...
29/06/2021

After lockdown the rear crew stations suffered condensation and much surface corrosion. Roger's hard work now showing great results.

After lockdown the rear crew stations suffered condensation and much surface corrosion. Roger's hard work now showing great results.

Temporary repair to pitot static probe.  Thanks James.
29/06/2021

Temporary repair to pitot static probe. Thanks James.

Temporary repair to pitot static probe. Thanks James.

Todays plan B.  If it's raining why not clean and jet wash the leading edge and intakes.  Well done crew.
29/06/2021

Todays plan B. If it's raining why not clean and jet wash the leading edge and intakes. Well done crew.

Nose painting coming along nicely before rain clouds cease play.
29/06/2021

Nose painting coming along nicely before rain clouds cease play.

Nose painting coming along nicely before rain clouds cease play.

Wheels split cleaned, de-rusted and painted on our houchin power set.  And final touches to the towing arm.  Courtesy of...
29/06/2021

Wheels split cleaned, de-rusted and painted on our houchin power set. And final touches to the towing arm. Courtesy of Nick and Laura.

Today primary task to fit an alternative sourced DV window seal.  Well done Roger and Steve.  Seems to work perfectly.
29/06/2021

Today primary task to fit an alternative sourced DV window seal. Well done Roger and Steve. Seems to work perfectly.

Another chance to apply ground power.  Still some problems to sort out.
22/06/2021

Another chance to apply ground power. Still some problems to sort out.

Congratulations for a good days work under gray skies.   Starting to see an improvement every day.
22/06/2021

Congratulations for a good days work under gray skies. Starting to see an improvement every day.

Congratulations for a good days work under gray skies. Starting to see an improvement every day.

Meanwhile work continues to remove corrosion from the bomb trolley.   Now being used to display our bomb bay fuel tank.
22/06/2021

Meanwhile work continues to remove corrosion from the bomb trolley. Now being used to display our bomb bay fuel tank.

Meanwhile work continues to remove corrosion from the bomb trolley. Now being used to display our bomb bay fuel tank.

Making a start on the gray paint.
22/06/2021

Making a start on the gray paint.

Cleaning the nose cone.  Not been done for some time.  Great to get access.
22/06/2021

Cleaning the nose cone. Not been done for some time. Great to get access.

Cleaning the nose cone. Not been done for some time. Great to get access.

Removing dirt, tape and sealant prior to repairs.
22/06/2021

Removing dirt, tape and sealant prior to repairs.

Starting the days tasks positioning the ground equipment. Gaining access to the canopy.
22/06/2021

Starting the days tasks positioning the ground equipment. Gaining access to the canopy.

Starting the days tasks positioning the ground equipment. Gaining access to the canopy.

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I'm coming to see 'my' Vulcan in June :) I hope you're keeping her ship shape and ready for inspection ;)
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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!
Starting to look better. XJ823 is starting to look alot better as the nose section painting top side is almost finished so we will be starting on the underside soon, our graphics department is busy with all the decals and once these are applied we can move on to the wings. Please keep following 823's progress.
The Vulcan stirs a lot of fond memories, I worked on 83&27 Sq. at RAF Scampton, then a short time at Waddo before I left for Cyprus. Great memories, especially the Rapid starts mods and flights,
Point of Light Award Winners. We had a surprise at the museum when Dougie and I were nominated as Points of Light winners which is a UK Government scheme for recognising the work volunteers to put in to their communities. Our award was for the years of service we have put into the Solway Aviation Museum and our role in public awareness of our aviation history in the county of Cumbria. Although Dougie and I were nominated we are part of a team of volunteers at the museum and they all helped us win this recognition. As always there are more opportunities for people to join the museums volunteer teams and help with the visitors or building and aircraft maintenance, please call in and see us, work days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays.
Vulcan XJ823 update The last day of the 2017 season was dry and sunny which gave us a chance to add some more stencils to 823 our graphics department had made up the new foam inlet and glycol inspection stencils along with ones for the power compartment door and the no.4 engine warning sign. It’s looking like our chances to paint will be few from now until spring but work will continue caring for 823 getting her ready for the 2018 season, If anyone can help we need three replacement anti-collision lights in working order, hopefully someone can help. 🤞👍
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 ‘Avro Vulcan XJ823’ 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 it’s great to see so many people keep coming back.
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 ‘Avro Vulcan XJ823’ 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 it’s great to see so many people keep coming back.