The Avro Vulcan, one of the most distinctive military aircraft ever sent into the skies, provided Britain with a major nuclear deterrent during the period known as the "Cold War", as the second of the famous British V-bombers to enter service with the RAF. Continuing the proud legacy of the Avro bombers, which began with the twin-engine Manchester, the Vulcan was a highly advanced tail-less delta capable of effectively launching nuclear or conventional weapons, including the dreaded "Blue Steel" nuclear combat missile. Operating at higher altitudes, the first Vulcans in service in the RAF were equipped with a white anti-flash system, designed to protect the aircraft within seconds of the detonation of a nuclear device. However, advances in Soviet missile defences led to a significant change in the aircraft's attack profile. Going through high and low altitude strike operations in the early and mid-1960s, the Vulcans retained their white underside, but were given a striking grey and green camouflage on their upper surface, markings that really suited the huge delta shape of this magnificent aircraft. Although the Vulcan switched to low-level bombing operations, the fact that it retained its white anti-flash underside clearly illustrates its role as a strategic nuclear-armed bomber.
RAF Base Waddington in Lincolnshire will always be inextricably linked to the operation of the Avro Vulcan bomber, the station hosting the first Vulcans to enter RAF service with No 83 Squadron in 1957 and serving as the base for the last flying Vulcan (XH558) of the Vulcan Display Flight until its disbandment in 1992. At the height of their operations, the Vulcans of Waddington Wing had to put on an impressive show, especially when they were in a four-man fight, with these powerful bombers, which had a performance similar to that of a fighter plane, exploding in the skies over Lincolnshire, one after the other, in a high-profile demonstration of Britain's air power. The Avro Vulcan XM575 was the second B.2 Blue Steel-powered aircraft to be fitted with upgraded Olympus 301 engines and was to enter service with 617, 101, 50 and 44 Squadrons at Scampton and Waddington during its career. She was one of three Vulcans who took part in the Falklands overflight of central London in October 1982, but was withdrawn from RAF service the following year. Her last flight was at the East Midlands Airport and a new career as the centrepiece of the much-loved exhibition at the East Midlands Airpark, where she can still be admired today. She wears the colours of 44 RAF Squadron, the unit in which she was operating when this Cold War icon was retired from service.
Die-cast plasticl construction with some plastic components.
Panel lines, antennas, access panels and realistic surface details.
Markings and stamped plates that will not fade or peel like decals
Interchangeable landing gear extended / retracted with rotating wheels.
A display to display the plane "in flight".
Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
Detailed and hand-painted characters of pilots and crew members.
Loads of genuine detachable ammunition
Some interchangeable features such as speed brakes, open awnings and access panels.
Some moving parts such as turrets, control surfaces and swivel wings