Stansted Airport displays model of RAF bomber plane

A MODEL of an iconic RAF bomber goes on display at Stansted Airport today (Thursday).

The 6ft wide Avro Vulcan XH558 is one of only five models of its kind in the world, and belongs to airplane enthusiast Terry Dobbyn, who works for Servisair at Stansted.

“It was actually built around about 12 years ago,” explained Terry, from Takeley. “There’s a company that makes kit cars out of carbon fibre and they wanted to make an aircraft. They contacted me as I’m a model maker.

“I said ‘what about the Vulcan XH558?’ because at the time it was about to stop flying.”

Terry approached the company that built the original aircraft to borrow the wind-test model as a mould for the design.

“They agreed on the understanding that we’d reinvigorate the model as it was in a state of disrepair,” Terry said. “There were five models made, that I’m aware of. It’s very difficult to value as it’s so unique. It’s priceless really.”

The model will be on show at Stansted-based Kearsley Airways, having recently been on show at a model shop in Braintree.