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Refurb of XL388 at S.Y.A.M.

by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

by our Doncaster volunteers

Doncaster based volunteers from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust’s ‘Vulcan Experience’ team are busying themselves during our hangar hibernation period, helping near neighbours at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum in the refurbishment of the Vulcan cockpit section they have on display outside – Vulcan B.2 XL388.

XL388 in RAF service, here seen on an overseas visit to the United States.

This cockpit section has sadly fallen into poor condition following years of facing the elements ever since it was saved from the scrapman’s cutting torch in 1985. The intention is to restore its appearance to the standard as it retired from RAF service and to tidy the interior with a view to allowing members of the public to gain access on guided tours. Part of this work will involve the fabrication of a taller cradle that will allow easier access to the crew door for visitors.

A more recent image showing XL388 on her low towing cradle outside at the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum which is housed on the former RAF Doncaster site. 

This is where our hugely knowledgeable guides can help and it is their sheer hard work and determination that is driving this cosmetic refurbishment forward. The AeroVenture team are providing materials and are covering any costs, such as the provision of a scaffolding structure which will allow the team to work under cover with the benefit of suitable shelter.

First operation with clear access was to give the cockpit a good pressure wash and scrub to remove layers of grime.


Scaffolding and sheeting now give the team some protection from the elements - just as the sun shines!

Here is a selection of other images from the initial stages of the XL388 refurbishment and we will have progress updates in forthcoming editions of our weekly newsletters. You can sign-up here: 

You can see work progress on XL388 first-hand if you visit this weekend.

See more details on the event poster.

The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum affords a great day out for families and enthusiasts alike, exhibiting a collection of aircraft from the first air show in Britain at Doncaster Racecourse in 1909, to modern fast jets and civil light aircraft. With aircraft which are unique in preservation, alongside a whole host of familiar favourites, and cockpits and interactive exhibits open all year round - there really is something for everyone.

Click the poster to enlarge or: Find out more details from their website:

Please note: Our volunteers are providing manpower in their own free time and no VTTST funds are being used on this project. We are fostering joint activities and bringing news to our supporters to help recognise the rich vein of aeronautical history that surrounds Doncaster, ahead of our new hangar facilities being available for occupation. 


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