London Southend Airport is home to the preservation effort of Avro Vulcan XL426. Now, you can see the former Royal Air Force bomber up close at their Visit the Vulcan Day, and even have the opportunity to climb inside the cockpit...
The Vulcan Restoration Trust, based at Southend Airport, has announced the dates for their 'Visit the Vulcan Day' event, which is due to take part on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to see former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close and to walk around the bomber. For an additional fee, visitors can climb inside for a guided tour of the cockpit.
Representatives from the organisation said:
"As well as the iconic Vulcan, there will be much more entertainment provided on the day. Enthusiasts will be able to see examples of the weapons carried by the Vulcan during its time with the RAF, including examples of the type of 1,000 lb high explosive bomb the Vulcan dropped on Port Stanley airfield during the 1982 Falklands Conflict. As well as this, there will be military re-enactors with replicas of aircraft flown from Southend Airport when it was a fighter station in the First and Second World Wars.
Representing the First World War will be a replica Airco DH2 biplane and evoking memories of the Second World War will be a replica of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire.
There will be burger, hot dog and sweet stands, so no one will go hungry or thirsty. Our souvenir stand will be open selling a selection of Vulcan souvenirs, including models, badges, patches, postcards, books and much more."
General admission is £8.00 for adults with accompanied under-16s £2.00. Tickets will be on sale on the gate and are also available to buy in advance should you wish - full refunds will be given if , for any reason, the event does not go ahead.
Cockpit visits are an additional £6.00 per person applicable to both adults and under-16s.
Entry and cockpit tours are free for Vulcan Restoration Trust members subject to presenting a valid VRT membership card.
Doors open at 10.00 am with last admission at 4.00 pm.
For more information, visit the Vulcan Restoration Trust website here