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Avro 698 Vulcan Protoype

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The Avro Vulcan delta wing subsonic jet bomber operated by the Royal Air Force as Britain's independent nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union during the Cold War period and later operating as a conventional bomber during the Falklands conflict.

One Vulcan XH558 has now been restored to flying condition by the Vulcan to the sky trust based at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome. The first test flight was on 18th October 2007 and was then displayed at various UK airshows during the 2008 season

Summary data for Avro Vulcan -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom195213615n/a


4 x Rolls Royce Olympus 593 series (32000 - 38050 lbf) turbojet engines.


21,000 lb of conventional bombs or single free-fall nuclear weapon


Dimensions for Avro Vulcan -
Length97 ft. 1 in.
Wing Span99 ft. 5 in.
Height26 ft. 5 in.
Empty Weight83,573 lbs.
Max Weight170,000 lbs.


Performance of Avro Vulcan -
Max Speed627 mph
Cruise Speed567 mph
Ceiling55,000 ft.
Normal Range2,500mi.
Max Range2,607mi.

Updated 15th February 2009

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