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Use your mouse to point to a part of the aircraft to find out what it is. Descriptions of what each highlighted part does can be found at the bottom of the page.

Refulling Probe Terrain Following Radar Blister Generator Air Intake Tractor Unit Towing Arm Entrance Hatch Antenna Antenna1 Cockpit Tail Fin
XL426 at Southend Airport 2002 G. Bartlett

Tractor Unit and Palouste Nose Wheel Refuelling Probe Terrain Following Radar Blister Roundel Panther Head Air Intake Entrance Hatch Cockpit AEO Window Pitot Tube Bomb Aiming Blister Aerial
XL426 at Southend Airport 2002 G. Bartlett

Engine Exhausts Parachute Housing ECM Pod Rear Bogey Radar Warning Receiver Index Number Crest Tail Fin
XL426 at Southend Airport 2002 G. Bartlett

Bomb Aiming Blister Olympus Jet Engines Olympus Jet Engines everons everons2 everons3 everons4 Bomb Bay Landing Light Landing Light 2
Unknown Vulcan,  Photographer unknown.


Refuelling Probe This allows the Vulcan to refuel in mid-air, extending its operational range. Top of Page
Nav Radar Window A small window allowing a very limited view out of the aircraft. Mainly used for navigation purposes.  
Aerial This is the aerial for the lower  UHF radio transceiver.  
Air Intake The air to feed the mighty Olympus engines is drawn in through here.
Generator The Vulcan is an all-electric aircraft. The generator provides power to the systems until the jet engines are engaged.  
Antenna This is the aerial for the Vulcan VHF radio transceiver.  
Antenna 1 This is the aerial for the upper  UHF radio transceiver.  
Aerial 2 Under this panel  is the aerial for the HF radio transceiver.  
ECM Pod This unit housed the Electronic Counter Measures devices used to, hopefully, confuse enemy radar and missiles. Top of Page
Bomb Aiming Blister Hardly ever used, this window would allow visual sight of an enemy target.  
Bomb Bay This was where the weapons were stored until they were released over the enemy target. To help increase the range of the Vulcan, additional fuel tanks could also be fitted here.  
Cockpit Surprisingly small for such a large aircraft, the cockpit was where the Captain and co-pilot would sit.
Bombing Radar The Vulcan's bombing radar was descended from the WWII H2S set. The 2 metre rotating antenna was housed in the underside of the nose.  
Crest This fin badge is that of the City of Lincoln, and was worn by Waddington aircraft only.  
Inner Elevons The Vulcan does not have a conventional tail, so all the control surfaces are on the wings. These surfaces combined the ailerons and elevators and were called elevons
Outer Elevons The Vulcan does not have a conventional tail, so all the control surfaces are on the wings. These surfaces combined the ailerons and elevators and were called elevons Top of Page
Entrance Hatch Entry to the Vulcan was via this hatch.  
Exhausts The thrust from the Olympus engines is channelled through here.  
Tail Code Each Vulcan had a unique reference number for identification purposes  
Landing Light Used when the Vulcan was taxiing or about to land to illuminate the runway.
Nose Wheel The front under-carriage of the Vulcan allows the Captain to steer the aircraft when travelling at low speeds on the ground.  
Rudder Used to manoeuvre the Vulcan when she was in flight. Top of Page
Olympus The Vulcan fleet were all fitted with 4 of either the 201 or, more powerful, 301 Olympus jet engines.  
Panther's Head As the display Vulcan was representative
of all Vulcan squadrons it was painted with the insignia of No. 1 Group 
(A black panther's head). 
Parachute Housing The brake-chute would be deployed from here to help quickly reduce speed when landing at smaller airfields.  
Pitot Tube A device which allows the crew to ascertain their current air-speed.  
Radar Warning Receiver Electronics which would detect if the Vulcan had been "illuminated" by enemy radar or missiles.  
RAM Air Turbine Under this panel is the RAM Air Turbine. This would be used if the Vulcan lost electrical power whilst in flight. Click here for more info on teh RAM Air Turbine (RAT)  
Rear Bogey The rear wheels of the Vulcan. Top of Page
Roundel The two-colour RAF roundel seen here differed to that of the earlier Vulcan aircraft which had the blue, white and red version. This is known as the "type b" roundel.  
Tail Fin The tail of the Vulcan, the rudder is attached to the back of this.  
TFR Blister This small bump in the nose houses the terrain following radar (TFR). This was especially useful for low level flying.  
Towing Arm A special assembly used to attach the Vulcan to the tractor unit. It is unusual as it connects to the nose leg in two places.   
Tractor Unit A vehicle used to tow the Vulcan around the dispersal pan.  
Tractor Unit (rear view) This view of the tractor unit shows the unconventional mounting of a palouste onto the back of the vehicle. The palouste is used to start the Olympus jet engines. Top of Page

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