It was a spectacular sight when Vulcan XL426 streamed her brake parachute on Saturday 26th June at London Southend Airport. On 11th September, viewers will have another chance to see the spectacle
Vulcan XL426 conducted four fast taxi-runs during an event at London Southend Airport on Saturday 26th June. Her parachute was streamed on the final run, allowing spectators to marvel at the rare wonder.
It was the first time XL426 had streamed a brake parachute at Southend since 12th August 2006. Aircrew for the day were Bill Burnett and Kev Rumens (Pilots), and Jonathan Lazzari (Air Electronics Officer). Bill Burnett was also pilot on the day in 2006, along with pilot and Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson.
Richard Clarkson, Vulcan Restoration Trust Secretary, said of the event: “XL426 is one of only three Vulcans in the world capable of moving under its own power. The crowds loved seeing the ‘chute deployed, as did our dedicated team of unpaid volunteers who work week-in and week-out keeping ‘426 in ground-running condition”.
Richard continued: “The photographers in the crowd also loved the uninterrupted view they got of the runway as well as the close-up view of ‘426 as she taxied back in afterwards. We are most grateful for the support of London Southend Airport, particularly Air Traffic Control and the Airport’s Fire Service, both before and during this special event.”
Enthusiasts have another chance to see XL426 stream her brake parachute when the Vulcan returns to the Southend runway for a fast-taxi run on 11th September.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at the Vulcan Restoration Trust website www.avrovulcan.com.