Our products and expertise have helped to ensure the historic Vulcan bomber can continue to please crowds and enthusiasts for the next 20 years. That is the period that the Vulcan Restoration Trust has earmarked for the aircraft to maintain ground running capability – a tribute to the dedicated commitment of all concerned.
“The Vulcan XL426 is the latest in a series of celebrated restoration projects with which we have been involved and clearly owes much to our global involvement in, and understanding of, the aerospace industry,” says Brian Norton, Managing Director at Indestructible Paint. “Fully supported by our knowledge and laboratory expertise, we have supplied a number of specialist coatings to the Trust who deserve full credit for bringing the aircraft back to the condition it can be seen in today.”
He points out that the work is the second Vulcan restoration project with which Indestructible Paint has been involved. Materials for the Vulcan XH558, based at Doncaster airport, were also provided in preparation for the aircrafts final commemorative UK-wide flight in 2016.
The B2 Vulcan – XL426 – is now stationed at London Southend airport in Essex and its ongoing engine ground running and taxi runs will act as a dramatic reminder of Britain’s aviation heritage. Indestructible Paint provided a total of eight types of specialist coatings for its restoration including products for the jet pipes and Rockhard paint for the first stage compressor blades.
Analysing and recreating bespoke products
Importantly, where no current coating was available, the technicians at Indestructible Paint have been able to analyse and recreate bespoke products that match the original specification. “That’s a process that reflects the skills of our laboratory team who are well versed in developing performance coatings that meet the needs of very precise applications,” continues Brian Norton.
The famous delta wing of the Vulcan is not only widely recognisable but also one that is associated with a proud – and often vital – role. From holding the pre-Concorde Atlantic crossing record of four hours and five minutes, to its dramatic involvement in the Falklands conflict, the aircraft has been a longstanding part of this country’s history. “We hope now that our contribution will help this heritage continue for many years to come” concludes Brian Norton. that reflects the skills of our laboratory team who are well versed in developing performance coatings that meet the needs of very precise applications,” continues Brian Norton.