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Vulcan XH558 Paint

Old 20th Jan 2013, 03:44
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Vulcan XH558 Paint

Apologies if this has been covered before but I was wondering why XH558 was painted all over in a camo scheme. Every Vulcan I have seen has had an all grey belly, including the one up the road covered in snow at the moment!
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 08:38
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Real Vulcans were painted like this:





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Old 20th Jan 2013, 09:06
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Sorry you're wrong, real Vulcans were all over white
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 09:20
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All over camouflage was the standard scheme for the last few years of the Vulcan's career.
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 10:22
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All over camouflage was the standard scheme for the last few years of the Vulcan's career.
Indeed so:

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Old 20th Jan 2013, 11:23
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A draker grey colour was also used when the revised paint scheme was introduced in 1980. The earlier scheme worked well over the trees of Labrador though, as seen here when I was flying XM571 at low level for a camouflage assessment trial:


Some fun times at Goose, but I preferred Offut....
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Agree with Alexis, the only "proper" colour for a Vulcan is anti-flash white, from the days when it was "the great white detergent"
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Thanks for the answers fellows. XL361 here at Goose has the grey belly so it must have been really close to the end of their service when they received the all over camo.
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 15:41
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BEagle, I've seen that photo before, it was hanging on the wall in the RAF hangar at Goose. It was taken down and someone 'claimed' it when the RAF left in 2005.
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1957 - 1965 Anti-flash white (8 years)

1967 - 1979 Camouflaged upper and white lower (12 years)

1979 until finish in 1984 - wrap around or grey undersides (5 years)

I rest my case.

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Old 20th Jan 2013, 17:39
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Many thanks for the pictures sisemen. In the middle of the three, I quickly recognise the Peugeot 404 on the right and looks like a Cortina in the middle. to the left? Zephyr or Zodiac by any chance?
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 18:33
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To the left? Zephyr or Zodiac by any chance?
It looks more like a Vauxhall Viscount or Cresta to me:

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Old 20th Jan 2013, 18:42
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Er Beags,

The only things I can see in your photo of trees, are two red and blue targets. Was this to give 'them' a fighting chance to get you!!!
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 19:40
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Just as well we never declared war on Canada, then.
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Old 20th Jan 2013, 23:43
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'Twas a Vauxhall Cresta belonging to Flt Lt R Jones - Victor nav radar of 1 (B) GSU.

Jeez - that was well buried deep in my head!
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Were some painted with a gloss and others with a matt paint in the very final years? Thought I heard someone at a museum say the gloss ones were surviving better.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:09
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If memory serves, just about all Crestas were gloss.
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Except for the vynil roofs!
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If I recall correctly, Vauxhall paint would fade from gloss to matt to rust in about 2-3 years in those days.

It had to be a navigator who owned that abortion of a car. No pilot would drive such a dreadful barge - with or without a vinyl roof!

As regards Vulcans, those operated by 27 boat-and-bomb spotting squadron were painted gloss - easier to wash down.....

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558 in all her glory at the Silver Jumbilee 1977. I wasn't trying to keep up, just waiting for no2 to regain his proper position!

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