About Avro Vulcan B.Mk2 XM655
Avro Vulcan XM655 was third from last of the Vulcan bombers produced for the Royal Air Force, being delivered in late 1964, and was part of the UK’s nuclear deterrent force throughout the 1960s and 1970s. It is now owned by Wellesbourne Airfield, and is looked after by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society (655MaPS) which is a volunteer organisation of Vulcan enthusiasts.
XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition, the only one with the most powerful of the engine variants (Bristol Olympus 301s) and 655MaPS aim to keep it running for as long as possible. The aircraft systems, which are powered up and exercised regularly, are available for demonstration to booked parties of visitors, engine ground runs are carried out several times every year, and a “Fast Taxi” event is carried out most summers to show off the aircraft and raise funds to support its preservation.
XM655 is maintained by a small team of skilled and dedicated volunteers, many of whom are ex-RAF, some ex-V-Force and one who actually worked on XM655 in service, who give up their Saturdays to preserving XM655.