Avro Vulcan B.2 XL426, a resident at London Southend Airport in Essex, has received a new coat of paint courtesy of Birmingham-based Indestructible Paint. The aircraft – which retains the same markings – is maintained in ground running condition by the Vulcan Restoration Trust. Indestructible Paint provided eight types of specialist coatings for the recent work, including products for the jet pipes and the first stage compressor blades. Where no current coating was available, technicians analysed and created bespoke products that matched 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,” said the organisation’s managing director, Brian Norton. The same company has previously provided materials for Doncaster-based Avro Vulcan B.2 XH558.