Visitor Timings for 25th March 2017
XM655 will be closed to casual visitors on the morning of 25th March for a pre-booked event.
Casual visitors admission will open at 1.30 pm.
New Chairman for XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society (655MaPS)
Following the recent resignation of Charles Brimson for personal reasons, XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society are delighted to announce that Wg Cdr Mike Pollitt (RAF Ret’d) has accepted the committee’s invitation to fill the post of Chairman of the Society, initially in an acting capacity until formalised at the AGM in May. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Charles for his unstinting service during eight years as our Chairman, and we wish him well for the future.
Responding to the invitation, Mike said that he wanted to thank the committee for their vote of confidence in him and was delighted to accept the position. He looked forward to working with the committee to steer 655 MaPS through a difficult airfield transition period. The aim as ever is to preserve XM655 in a taxiable condition for the future and to enjoy doing so.
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.
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