The gate guardian at RAF Waddington, the Vulcan XM607, has been moved for maintenance ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
It is one of three Vulcan bombers which took part in Operation Black Buck raids between April and June 1982 during the war.
Over the last couple of days, work has been ongoing to prepare the aircraft for period of recovery and preservation activity. This will see the Vulcan moved across camp by the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron.
Our Gate Guardian, The Vulcan XM607, is on the move! Over the last couple of days work has been ongoing to prepare the aircraft for a period of recovery and preservation activity, this will see the Gate Guardian moved across camp by JARTs at 1330. pic.twitter.com/UYTr3E5FEW
— RAF Waddington (@RAFWaddington) July 28, 2021
After a successful initial move, the aircraft was sat on the taxiway before its transit across unit at 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 28.
RAF Waddington posted on social media saying the “renovation work will take several months and will be well documented”.
On this day (evening) 38 Years ago XM607 made the almost 8,000 mile trip non stop flying 15hrs & 45 mins to drop 21 1000lb bombs across the runway at Port Stanley, captained by Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers. #twitterVforce #blackbuck1 #RAF pic.twitter.com/t13AiBGgPr
— John Anthony Wood (@Bombbayjohn) April 30, 2020
In other local Royal Air Force news, four Lightning aircraft from RAF Marham landed at RAF Coningsby, the first time this particular type of aircraft has landed at the Lincolnshire base.