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'Prototype' Avro Vulcan B1A XA895 of the RAF Bomber Command Development Unit, RAF Finningley at RAF Gan circa 1962. In natural finish (compare with the radome), 895 was delivered in 1956 to No 230 OCU at RAF Waddington. As an early production aircraft with Olympus 101 engines, it was transferred to the BCDU and was selected as the aircraft to carry out service trials of ECM equipment that was to be standard on the B2s and retrofitted to the remaining B1s fitted with Olympus 104s (designated B1As). After modification, 895 differed from the definitive B1A standard in that it was not fitted with in-flight refuelling, it retained Olympus 101 engines and it had reduced auto-mach trimming. Explosion suppression, revised window and modified internal wiring (MOD 532) were not fitted. 895 was withdrawn in 1967 and scrapped in 1968.

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