Avro Vulcan Aircraft

Vulcan B.2, East Fortune

Production Details

Design Company:

A.V. Roe and Co Ltd, Greengate, Middleton, Manchester and Woodford Aerodrome, Cheshire

First Flight:

30 August 1952


2 - A.V. Roe and Co Ltd

Vulcan B.1:

45 - A.V. Roe and Co Ltd

Vulcan B.2:

89 - A.V. Roe and Co Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

Avro Vulcan B.1


Four jet medium bomber


Cantilever mid wing monoplane of delta planform. Basic leading edge sweepback of 50 degrees. All metal two spar structure.


Circular section all metal semi monocoque structure

Tail Unit:

Fin and rudder only. Of conventional all metal construction

Landing Gear:

Retractable tricycle type. Each main unit comprises an eight wheel bogie. Twin nose wheels

Power Plant:

Four Bristol Siddeley Olympus 101 turbojets of 11,000 lb st


Pressurised cabin for crew of five. Two pilots side by side on Martin-Baker 3K ejection seats. Air electronics officer, navigator and radio operator side by side to rear in aft facing seats


Weapon load can include a Hawker Siddeley Blue Steel air to surface missile, or 21 1,000 lb high explosive bombs



99 ft


97 ft 1 in


26 ft 1 in

Wing Area:

3,554 sq ft


All Up:

170,000 lb


Max Speed:

625 mph

Service Ceiling:

55,000 ft


3,000 miles

Preserved in British Museums

Vulcan B.1:

XA893 - Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford Airfield - Nose XA903 - Wellesbourne Wartime Museum, Wellesbourne Mountford - Nose

Vulcan B.2:

XH558 - Vulcan Operating Company, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome - Restoration XJ823 - Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport - Display XJ824 - Imperial War Museum, Duxford Aerodrome - Display XL318 - Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon - Display XL319 - North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland - Display XL360 - Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport - Display XL388 - AeroVenture, Doncaster - Nose XL426 - Vulcan Restoration Trust, Southend Airport - Display XM575 - Aeropark, Nottingham East Midlands Airport - Display XM594 - Newark Air Museum, Winthorpe Show Ground - Display XM597 - Museum of Flight, East Fortune Aerodrome - Display XM598 - Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford Airfield - Display XM602 - Avro Heritage Group, Woodford - Nose XM603 - Avro Heritage Group, Woodford - Display XM612 - City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norwich Airport - Display XM655 - XM655 Maintainence and Preservation Society, Wellesbourne Mountford - Display

Vulcan B.2MMR:

XH537 - Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Bournemouth - Nose XH563 - Cold War Jets Collection, Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome - Nose

Vulcan K.2:

XL445 - Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton - Nose

Web Sites

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/j_falk/vulcan.htm http://www.xl426.com/ http://www.tvoc.co.uk/ http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/vulcan