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Vulcan B2 XJ780 of the Akrotiri Wing at Masirah in 1970. 780 was delivered to No 83 Squadron at Scampton in January 1961. The following year, 83 Squadron began reequipping with B2 Blue Steels and 780 was transferred to equip the newly-reformed 12 Squadron at Coningsby that November. In August 1963, 780 joined No 230 OCU at Finningley where it served until October 1967 when it transferred to the Waddington Wing. Transferred to Cottesmore in December 1968, 780 returned to Waddington in April 1969 and subsequently transferred to Akrotiri in January 1970. 780 returned to Waddington in February 1975 with IX Squadron and in November 1976 it was transferred to No 27 Squadron at Scampton and was subsequently converted to a B2 MMR. 780 was scrapped at Scampton in 1982.

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