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Avro Vulcan B2 MRR XH563 of No 27 Squadron taxying out of Echo Dispersal RAF Scampton for No 27 Squadron's farewell scramble in 1982. 563 was unique in being the only B2 MRR never to have been fitted with TFR (note the original smooth nose) and to have definitive (= deep) engine intakes. 563 was delivered to No 83 Squadron at RAF Scampton in December 1960. When 83 Squadron converted to B2 Blue Steel, 563 was transferred to form No 12 Squadron at RAF Coningsby (November 1962) returning to Avros in June 1963. It was in March 1965 when 563 was returned to service with No 230 OCU at RAF Finningley. Transferred to the Waddington Wing in August 1968, 563 returned to the OCU in March 1969 and moved with it to RAF Scampton at the end of 1969. Converted to B2 MRR in 1973, 563 was allocated to No 27 Squadron (its first B2 MRR) at the end of the year. Withdrawn from service in March 1982, 563 was assigned for preservation at Scampton where it remained until November 1986 when it was finally scrapped. The nose section survived and is privately owned.

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