External Vulcan Refurbishment
Status Update 20.06.19 - The installation of the scaffolding by the tail of XM594 has been completed and some access underneath the front part of the Vulcan is now possible again. Museum volunteer are being briefed for working at height on the scaffolding and only they will be permitted to access and work on the scaffolding. Visitors will not be allowed onto the scaffolding and anyone found ignoring the restrictions and climbing onto the scaffold will be asked to leave the site - this applies at all times; even when the site is closed to the public i.e. during the Cockpit-Fest camping sessions.
In early June we will be embarking on another ambitious restoration and repainting project, this time on Avro Vulcan XM594. This work will be carried out with major support of the aircraft’s owners, the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association. (Photo Credit: Nigel Bean)
As with similar repainting work on the Avro Shackleton, a scaffolding work platform will be used and this will be installed around the tail of the Vulcan. This will allow the de-corroding, rubbing down and repainting of the fin and rudder to be carried out in a safe and efficient manner. It is anticipated that some panel fabrication work may also take place in situ, with work being carried out by a team of museum volunteers.
Whilst the scaffolding is in place investigation work will also take place into the condition of the spine panels on the centre section of the upper fuselage. The aim of this investigation is to assess the scope of any future restoration work that is required on this part of the airframe.
We anticipate that the scaffolding structure will be in place throughout the summer and whilst not being photogenic it will help with the long-term restoration of the aircraft.
Avro Vulcan XM594 was flown to the former RAF Winthorpe airfield from RAF Waddington on Monday 7th February 1983. At the time XM594 was the only Vulcan aircraft disposed of by the RAF that was flown into a non-licensed airfield.