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Free-fall Vulcan B2 XJ824 was delivered in May 1961 to No 27 Squadron at RAF Scampton when it reformed. It was transferred to No IX Squadron at Coningsby as No 27 Squadron received its Vulcan B2 Blue Steels in February 1963. In December 1963, 824 was transferred to No 230 OCU at RAF Finningley. Subsequent units were Cottesmore Wing - July 1966, Waddington Wing - October 1966, Cottesmore Wing - June 1966 which moved to Akrotiri in February 1969, returning to the UK (Scampton) with No 35 Squadron in January 1975. Later users were 230 OCU - February 1977, 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron - October 1979, and No 101 Squadron - July 1981. In March 1982, 824 was presented to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where it was pictured above in No 101 Squadron markings. The in-flight refuelling probe, robbed for the Falklands campaign, has since been restored.

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