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XM655 Under Threat!

Wellesbourne Matters

Wellesbourne Airfield is under the very real threat of being closed to make way for a very large housing development. You can help to prevent that from happening.

Ben Lovering formates on XH558
for a photo-shoot

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About Avro Vulcan B.Mk2 XM655

Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK's nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield, and is looked after by 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society (655MaPS) which is a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.

XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition, the only one with the most powerful of the engine variants (Bristol Olympus 301s) and 655MaPS aim to keep it running for as long as possible. The aircraft systems are powered up and exercised regularly, engine ground runs are carried out several times every year, and a "Fast Taxi" event is carried out every summer to show off the aircraft and raise funds to support its preservation.

XM655 is maintained by a small team of skilled and dedicated volunteers, many of whom are ex-RAF, (some even ex-V-Force personnel and one of whom actually worked on XM655 in service), who give up their Saturdays to preserving XM655.

19/04/2015 Bugatti Owners Club Visit No.7

The Vulcan seems to be a magnet to all Bugatti Owners Club Members, with this Sunday seeing the 7th. time they have visited us.

Despite the previous day having been wonderfully warm and sunny, our twenty-four visitors arrived in a freezing cold NorthEasterly wind which didn't let up all day.

Charles welcomes
While Charles briefs our visitors, Roger and Alex are busy fitting new mainwheel tyres.
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“Mumbai” John photographs the visitors
Before entering the cockpit to host all the cockpit tours, John takes a group photograph for one of the group.
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John hosted all the cockpit tours whilst Edward, Len, Alex, and Damaris took each group in turn through their speciality, and Isi and Hayley manned the shop.

There were no Bugattis with us this time, but one visitor did arrive in his Caterham Super Seven which was duly arranged before XM655 for a photograph.

No Bugatti, but a Caterham Super Seven 7
The single Caterham Super Seven 7 gets to star with XM655.
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28/02/2015 Tewkesbury and Dowty ATC Squadrons Visit

As Wings and Wheels is rapidly approaching, lots of engineering work is progressing every weekend, so our regular pilots Flt Lt Nick Dennis RAF(Retd.), former Vulcan QFI, and Wg Cdr Mike Pollitt RAF (Retd.) were cajoled into doing the cockpit tours for us, Nick in the morning and Mike in the afternoon

21/02/2015 Megapixles Visit

As always, following the usual greeting, our visitors watched a systems demonstration where the powered flying controls (PFCs) are exercised, the external lighting switched on, air brakes extended and bomb doors opened.

14/02/2015 Winter Spice

Systems demo
The visitors watch the PFCs being exercised.
Copyright&Clive Hanley

06/12/2014 Two 'Flying Visits'

Occasionally,our younger visitors get the treat of having their photograph taken whilst sitting on our 1000lb (inert!) bomb.

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