Avro Vulcan B.2

The Avro Vulcan B.2 was a four-engined medium bomber, utilised by the squadron for training and operational purposes from 1962 to 1982

Vulcan Profile (High)

Avro Vulcan B.2 Profile (High Level Markings) © Malcolm Barrass

No. 35 Squadron reformed at RAF Coningsby on 1st December 1962 and it utilised aircraft from other squadrons for training purposes whilst it built up to operational strength [Establishment No: 6]

In the latter part of 1963 it reached establishment levels and these aircraft were used on a regular basis for flying training and operational exercises

With the introduction of centralised servicing in February 1964,  aircraft from the three Coningsby squadrons (No. 9, 12 and 35 Squadron) were incorporated into a common “station pool” and then allocated in accordance with the squadron’s daily needs.

Initially the Vulcan B.2 aircraft were utilised for high level attack and were finished in an “anti-flash” white paint scheme. When the change to low level attack was introduced in 1964 the aircraft were given a gloss sea grey and dark green camouflage on the upper surfaces along with white under surfaces. Matte camouflage and grey undersides were introduced in the mid-1970s.

The first camouflaged aircraft to arrive at Coningsby was XM645

Avro Vulcan Profile (Low Level Markings)

Profile © Malcolm Barrass

In 1969, the squadron was posted to RAF Akrotiri, where aircraft were again allocated from a central “station pool”.

In 1975, the squadron was posted back to the UK (RAF Scampton) where it was allocated its own aircraft in accordance with establishment levels at the time.

It is worth noting that whilst aircraft were on charge of a squadron, each aircraft carried the squadron badge of the tailplane. When aircraft were allocated from a station pool, the squadron badge did not appear on the tailplane, but was carried on the entrance door, along with the Station Badge and the Badges of the other squadrons that were at the station and using the aircraft at the time

Aircraft on charge of (or available to) No. 35 Squadron

The following pages identify the serial numbers of the aircraft that were on charge of (or available to) No. 35 Squadron, along with details of known losses and incidents: