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Vulcan B2 XM575 of No 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron at the Mildenhall Air Fete in May 1982. 575 is sporting the final wrap-round camouflage scheme that was applied to a number of aircraft. 575 was the second B2 Blue Steel (574 was the first) to be built with uprated Olympus 301 engines and was delivered to No 617 Squadron in May 1963 and subsequently merged into the Scampton Wing. 575 was converted to the free-fall role in the Autumn of 1969 and returned to the Scampton Wing. For a few months in 1970, 575 was at Waddington. Returning to Scampton, 575 was eventually allocated to No 617 Squadron. In March 1974, 575 returned to Waddington, this time for good, and was allocated to No 101 Squadron in May 1975, No 50 Squadron in June 1978, and No 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron in August 1979. Retired in 1983, 575 is preserved at the East Midlands Aeropark.

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