Avro Vulcan B2 - XL426
XL426 - Service History
XL426 made her first flight from A.V. Roe & Co at Woodford, lasting 95 minutes.
Delivered to No. 83 Squadron RAF Scampton. On September 10th, 1963, whilst returning from Goose Bay, Canada, John Slessor flew XL426 to RAF Scampton in 4 hours 5 minutes - an unofficial record, pre-Concorde, for a crossing of the North Atlantic at that time.
Part of Britains Anit-Nuclear Deterrent and equipped with Blue Steel.
27 Squadron assigned to the tactical nuclear and conventional bombing roles.
Assigned to 617 Squadron 'The Dam Busters'
XL426 was transferred to 50 Squadron at RAF Waddington. 50 Squadron became the last Vulcan squadron, operating six aircraft as air-to-air tankers until the Vulcan was finally withdrawn from operational service in 1984.
XL426 had the ultimate accolade of performing 50 Squadron’s last display, in the hands of Squadron Leader Joe L’Estrange, at the squadron’s disbandment ceremony at RAF Waddington.
Together with XH560, XL426 formed what became known as the Vulcan Historical Flight (later the Vulcan Display Flight - VDF)
XL426 gave her final display at the RAF Coningsby.
Sold to Roy Jacobsen and delivered to her new owner at Southend Airport on December 19th
local enthusiasts formed the Vulcan Memorial Flight Supporters Club (VMFSC) and in July 1993, subsequently re-formed as a registered charity, The Vulcan Restoration Trust.