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Sundial, 24-26.05.71

Another exercised centered round the Vulcan, 5 35-squadron crews participated, forming part of the aggressor Force during a Tactical Evaluation of the 5th Allied Tactical Air Force held over Italy.

Some of the aircraft arrived from RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus.
        
 
SERIAL ARRIVED DEPARTED HISTORY NOTES
XH561   26.05.71 Completed 31.10.60. Olympus 201 engines. 230 OCU 4.11.60, Waddington Wing 7.8.67, Cottesmore Wing 8.5.68, Akrotiri Wing 19.3.69, 35 Squadron 6.3.75, 50 Squadron 4.9.81. Conversion to K.2 4.5.82, 50 Squadron 18.6.82, Waddington Station Flight 1.4.84. Allocated 8809M 22.3.84. Delivered Firefighting School Catterick 14.6.84, later scrapped. Departed for Akrotiri.
XJ782   26.05.71 Completed 2.61. Olympus 201 engines. 83 Squadron 2.3.61, 12 Squadron 23.10.62, 230 OCU 20.12.63, Waddington Wing 25.3.661 Cottesmore Wing 9.4.68, Akrotiri Wing 19.3.69, Waddington Wing 8.1.75. Modification to B.2(MRR) standard 1.77. 27 Squadron 15.2.77. Flew last Vulcan sortie at Scampton 31.3.82. Allocated to Scampton dump 31.3.82. Reallocated to 101 Squadron 22.5.82. To Finningley for preservation 4.9.82 (8766M). Later transferred to dump and scrapped. Only date listed, airborne between 02:30-07:10.
XJ824 24.05.71 26.05.71 Completed 30.3.61. Olympus 301 engines. A&AEE 29.3.61, 230 OCU 22.12.66, Akrotiri Wing 21.7.70, Waddington Wing 15.1.75, 9 Squadron 2.75, 44 Squadron 6.79, 101 Squadron 6.80. Spares recovery 10.9.82. Sold to Bird Group as scrap 8.12.82. One sortie on the 25th (17:30-22:25) and the 26th (02:40-07:35), departing the same day at 11:40.
XL391 24.05.71 26.05.71 Completed 22.5.63. Olympus 301 engines. Blue Steel modifications. A & AEE 22.5.63, BCDU 15.6.65, A & AEE 6.1.66, Cottesmore Wing 31.7.68, Akrotiri Wing 5.2.69, 9 Squadron 17.1.75, 101 Squadron 6.80. Selected for 'Black Buck' modifications, but not used operationally. 44 Squadron 21.6.82. Sold to Manchester Vulcan Bomber Society 11.2.83. Delivered to Blackpool 16.2.83. Arrived from Akrotiri. One sortie on the 25th (17:20-21:55) and the 26th (02:50-07:40), departing the same day at 13:35.
        
 
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