First lower elevon tip skin removed. A good days work.
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
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.
First lower elevon tip skin removed. A good days work.
Upper elevons surface replaced. Well done team. Time to try the whole thing again but upside-down.
Starboard nav light cleaned and new light fitting installed.
Many thanks to all our followers. Your support keeps us going.
Todays view from the top.
The opertunity also allowed for a wash of the stbd upper wing. Thanks Jon.
Whilst external work continues the team has been deep inside the aircraft continuing rectification.
Congratulations team for the progress made in recent weeks.
The recent weather allowed us to start marking and cutting the metal for the upper Elevon repairs.
Some of our dedicated volunteers on a recent collaborative visit to XM607 at RAF Waddington. Just prior to repainting.
Results of our further progress on the stbt elevon. Some minor repairs next.
Avro Vulcan XM612 This morning, ready for our Wings and Wheels event. Come along and visit us.
Happy weekend from XM612 at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. See you this weekend at our Wings and Wheels event ?
The cockpit of XM612 will be open for visits during our Wings and Wheels event 8th 9th July.
In addition to next weekends Wings and Wheels event, work commences on the elevons and upper surfaces
Thanks for your work today Steve. Looking good.
Wheels painted silver in preparation for our Wings and Wheels event 8th and 9th July. Come along and see for yourself at the City Of Norwich Aviation Museum.
Today our hard working wash team turned their attention to the undercarriage. Great work, now like new. Thanks from the Vulcan team.
Stbd elevon upper skin removed. Plenty of flaky paint and a little corrosion which is not bad at 60 years old. The challenge begins.
Finally able to move on to the upper surfaces. The first panel of the stbd elevon being de skinned. Great to get started.
Jet pipe end caps fitted post refurbishment. Well done team.
A coat of fresh paint applied to No 3 and 4 Jet pipes in our all weather workshop.
This week we hope to apply the finish and refit No 3 and 4 jet pipe. Once complete we can progress with the upper surface work.
Primed ready for finish to be applied. With some before and after image.
No 3 and 4 jet pipes removed for refurbishment. Notorious for corrosion a busy couple of weeks work.
God save the king.
XM612 looking over her little sister.
Looking forward to more blue sky and summer weather. Come and see us at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum.
Good morning from XM612
Steve continues to further his experience connecting the battery.
To close a successful day the team cycled the bomb bay and illuminated the external lighting. Well done team.
Control surface movement investigation continues. The pfcu have been freed and refurbishment started.
Today saw the team remove jet pipe 3 and 4. Some refurbishment and strengthening of the upper and lower surface panels.
Kev spending some pilot time freeing the stick. We identified some areas where further attention is required. Great days progress.
After discovery of a leak we removed the stbd DV Window today and fitted a replacement seal. Fingers crossed.
During Ian Ferguson, visit we were able to let him sit in the cockpit of our Phantom similar to the one he ejected from. Ian is writing a book with his amazing story. Similar you can read the event on Martin Baker website.
XM612 recently welcomed Flt Lt Ian Ferguson RAF Retd. Ian holds the record for ejecting at 600mph+ at 250ft. An amazing person and incredible story.
The latest care and attention being carried out on the bomb bay doors.
After much effort the tow bar head insert was removed and refurbished. New baring have now been fitted and all moves smoothly. Much thanks to the Lightning Team for their aid and application of force.
Airbrake motor prior to some TLC. See previous post.
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