A ‘Visit Vulcan XL426’ open day event is due to be held at (London) Southend Airport on Sunday April 23, from 10.00 to 16.00 hours. The Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) team will be on hand to give visitors guided tours of Vulcan XL426, and cockpit tours for an additional small fee.
Also on display will be a WE177B bomb, carried by the Vulcan during its time with the RAF, as well as examples of the 1,000lb high explosive bombs the Vulcan dropped on Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands Conflict.
Special displays will include the cockpit of an RAF Buccaneer, a selection of historic RAF and Army Land Rovers, plus historic fire engines, all of which will be free to sit inside.
Richard Clarkson, VRT Secretary said: “Our Visit the Vulcan days are a great family day out; young or old, people are always awe-struck by the Vulcan. It’s a real testament to our volunteers that we can offer such a unique opportunity for people to see up close one of only 3 live condition Vulcans in the world.
“Our souvenir stand will be open selling a selection of Vulcan souvenirs, including Vulcan models, badges, patches, postcards, books, and much more. There will also be hot and cold snacks and drinks available.
“The VRT is a charitable organisation which is funded by donations, membership subscription and open days which is why events like this are very important to ensure the future of Vulcan XL426. We run Visit the Vulcan days throughout the year so keep any eye on our website and Facebook page. We look forward to seeing everyone and showing off our pride and joy”.
General admission is £4.00 for adults with accompanied under-16s admitted free. Admission and cockpit tickets will only be on sale ‘at the gate’ on the day of the event – please note that there are no advance ticket sales. Entry is free for Vulcan Restoration Trust members.
Car Parking – important notice – Due to ongoing airport development, there will be no free parking at the Visit the Vulcan Day. All car parking will be in the airport’s short stay car parks for which there is a charge. Visitors to arrive by train or bus if possible. London Southend Airport station is only two minutes walk from the Vulcan and is served by frequent trains on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line. Turn right when leaving the station and follow the signs to the Vulcan.