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Allan Bennett09/04/2020 21:07:16
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I've been searching the internet for anything that might give me a clue as to where the Vulcan's navigation and anti-collision lights are located. I've got one photo which seems to show lights in the standard positions at the wingtips, but I believe there should be something at the tail and maybe on the top and bottom of the fuselage. Can anyone help please?

I've seen a couple of photos showing the landing lights, but it's not clear to me whether they're mounted on the u/c legs or are independent of the u/c, and retractable.

PeterF09/04/2020 22:01:24
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Landing lights are retractable, there is a photo part way down this page, See link. I can not help you with the rest. If you do a Google image search on using the three words Avro Vulcan night you will get some clues.

Allan Bennett10/04/2020 08:23:42
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Thanks PeterF, I've tried that and I'm getting some clues but nothing definite. I've seen the retractable landing lights, I've seen what looks like two red beacons on the belly, and one on the top, but nothing that will allow me to deduce their x/y coordinates. I'm pretty sure I've now got the wingtip lights on a daytime photo, but nothing regarding the rear.

Denis Watkins10/04/2020 08:59:58
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I never get tired of looking at the Vulcan Allan, but shots with nav lights showing are proving to be rare.

Just this one of the belly that you may have.


Edited By Denis Watkins on 10/04/2020 09:01:00

Robert Parker10/04/2020 09:35:46
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Hi Alan,

I love the Vulcan and had a look through my photos taken at a few airshow. I cannot help with the landing lights but the top navigation light is located here



Hope they are of some use to you.



PeterF10/04/2020 11:02:16
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Here is an underside view of XH558 showing the two red lights, also seen in the photo from Denis above, but this one allows you to fix the X,Y location better. Also attached is a photo showing what I believe are the wingtip lights and the landing lights. I have a stash of stuff as reference fr my Vulcan in build, but I am not going to be adding lighting so had not really looked into this at all. I will keep looking through.


xh558_planform small.jpg

wingtip light small.jpg

PeterF10/04/2020 11:24:06
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A couple more things of interest.


Edited By PeterF on 10/04/2020 11:26:59

cymaz10/04/2020 11:25:29
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You could always contact Dave Johnson at the LMA. He’s got a rather large one and might be able to help

Edited By cymaz on 10/04/2020 11:27:22

PeterF10/04/2020 11:33:08
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Last one, you can just see 2 pinpoint of light on the tailcone, one at the top and one underneath. however, the underside one could be a reflection from a runway light.


Shaun Walsh10/04/2020 13:10:23
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Allan Bennett10/04/2020 13:27:50
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Thanks for all those wonderful pics. They certainly give me good locations for the belly and top beacons, and they confirm what I thought I saw on other photos (, and cymaz's link) regarding the wingtips. Enlarging the last photo in this thread I'm pretty sure that that's indeed two lights on the tail, not a reflection.

I'm not a super-detail builder, but I do like to have some working lights that look about right. With this info I'll at least be able to make appropriate provisions for the wiring at the present stage of my build, pending a visit to Duxford later this year (hopefully) to see the real thing.

Steve J10/04/2020 20:01:33
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There are a few walkarounds on the internet. The one on Thunder and Lightnings has a couple of photos that show the rear lights.

Edited By Steve J on 10/04/2020 20:08:59

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