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Avro Vulcan B2 XL387 being broken-up at RAF St Athan. As a 201-engined free-fall airframe, 387 was delivered to No 230 OCU at RAF Finningley in June 1962. In December 1963, 387 was returned to Avros for converting to the Blue Steel role and re-engining with Olympus 301 engines. It re-entered service with the Scampton Wing in February 1965. During May-September 1971, 387 was converted back to the free-fall role and returned to Scampton. 387 was transferred to Waddington in January 1973 and allocated to 101 Squadron that August. It was passed to No 50 Squadron in August 1975 where it served until January 1982 when it was transferred to St Athan for disposal. Note the two bomb-bay saddle fuel tanks. These are both 'A' Tanks, and would not have both been carried by 387. If a second tank had been fitted, it would have been an 'E' tank that had a greater recess for the Blue Steel fin. Also note the extended ram air turbine (extreme right).

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