Cranfield Aerospace Ltd has just delivered the design drawings for Vulcan XH558’s vital wing modification. This is needed to extend the aircraft’s fatigue life, enabling it to continue flying after the 2013 season.

Cranfield Aerospace’s skilled team have ‘reverse engineered’ a set of wing patches, reinforcing an area of the structure known to cause problems in service.  The team have produced drawings and 3D data to enable new components to be produced.  This was essential, as original RAF data has been lost since the modification was developed in the 1960s.

The 3D model of the patch panel is shown here

This work is typical of Cranfield Aerospace’s work on Historic Aircraft.

Our other clients include the Battle of Britain memorial Flight (BBMF), Army Historic Aircraft Flight (AHAF) and Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF).

For more information see our Historic Aircraft Services leaflet.

Meet the team:

Cranfield Aerospace has a large team of skilled and experienced engineers and other professionals available to support your project. To see the team that worked on the Vulcan wing patches please click here.

Peter Howarth, Head of Design and responsible for Airworthiness (left) and Stephen Rutherford, Senior Stress Engineer and Technical Lead for Historic Aircraft (right).