Avro Vulcan B.2, XM607, RAF No.44 Squadron, ‘Operation Black Buck’, Falklands Conflict, South Atlantic, 1982

Avro Vulcan B.2, XM607, RAF No.44 Squadron, ‘Operation Black Buck’, Falklands Conflict, South Atlantic, 1982

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Avro Vulcan B.2, XM607, RAF No.44 Squadron, ‘Operation Black Buck’, Falklands Conflict, South Atlantic, 1982

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Item Code: AA27203

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As the final RAF Avro Vulcan squadrons were contemplating their impending withdrawal from service in early 1982, developments in the South Atlantic would see this mighty bomber go to war for the first time in its 26-year service history.  Operation ‘Black Buck’ would require a Vulcan to drop 21 conventional 1,000lb bombs on the runway at Port Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, preventing Argentine forces from using their most capable strike and support aircraft.  It would also send a strong message to Argentina’s political leaders that Britain would stop at nothing in re-taking the Islands. 

The raid would be launched from RAF Ascension Island, which was some 6,300km from the Falklands and presented something of a logistical nightmare for military planners.  Flown almost entirely over the sea, the Black Buck raids would require the support of twelve Victor tankers on the outbound leg, with a further two for the return flight and all the associated contingency plans.

Taking off from Ascension Island at midnight on 30th April 1982, Avro Vulcan B.2 XM607 piloted by Flight Lieutenant Martin Withers was to fly as reserve aircraft to the primary bomber XM598 on this highly complex raid, but was quickly promoted to lead aircraft on ‘Black Buck 1’ following technical difficulties encountered by XM598.  Embarking on what was the longest bombing raid attempt in history, XM607 was refuelled seven times on its way to the Falkland Islands, before successfully releasing its payload of bombs across the Port Stanley runway. 

Following a further rendezvous with a Victor tanker on the way home, XM607 returned to its base on Ascension Island and a place in the history books – if nothing else, this raid illustrated Britain’s determination to take back the Falkland Islands and that they had the capability to do it.  Of the seven Black Buck raids planned against Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands, five actually took place and proved to be the only time that Britain’s Mighty Avro Vulcan went to war.

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The Avro Vulcan has such a unique and beautiful shape. This Corgi V-bomber is in a highly iconic livery, which would fit very well in a Royal Air Force collection.

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  • Armament/Weapons Armament/Weapons
  • Detailed Crew Figure(s) Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Opening Bomb Bay Doors Opening Bomb Bay Doors
  • Optional Undercarriage Down Optional Undercarriage Down
  • Photo-etched Aerial(s) Photo-etched Aerial(s)
Scale 1:72
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,000
Wingspan 472mm
Age Suitability 14+

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Beware

Should you find one back in stock soon don't be in too much of a rush to buy it, it might be mine. The window wipers on my model had been put on the wrong way round, left to right, and firmly glued in placed so I could not swap them over. It was so glaring an error that had the wipers on a real plane been put on that way they would completely obscure the view at all times and would collide with the window frame and likely snap off should they ever be switched on. Despite two emails, with pictures of both my model and the real plane attached, the so-called design team at Corgi told me they were all like this. Fair-dos they offered me a refund, which is currently being processed, but what I really wanted was for someone to hold their hands up, admit there had been an error and offer a repair or replacement. The failure to do so leaves me with zero confidence in the accuracy of the model in any other aspect and no option but to return it. Which is a shame for all concerned.... Read more

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Feels more like an Airfix model, not a Corhi diecast

A fantastic looking model until you pick it up. Very disappointed with the large degree of plastic used. Very hard to work out were the diecast parts are. It just feels like a pre-painted Airfix model and very expensive, for a essentially plastic model. I was going to add the XH558 & 617 sqn Vulcan models to my collection, not now. I understand the physics of making a very large diecast model and the difficulties of manufacturing, but Corgi gas failed to produce a model to their normal excellent standard.

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Transfers are falling off and its not even out of the box...!!!!

On just opening the box i found the 'roundels' to eitherside of the cockpit were falling off. These are transfers over a joint line. The joint on the nose is massive...it looks like the olane has a bonnet. The tail and the wings are 2 different colour greys....for a £80-£90 diecast example...this is oerhaps acceptable....but anything priced iver this it is not. I consider Corgi should re-call....modify/repair and return to the owners.

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3/22/2017

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