News: Southend Vulcan opens doors to public this weekend (April 23)
Published 18 April 2017, 08:27
The Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) at London Southend Airport has announced its next Visit the Vulcan open event on Sunday 23 April, 10am to 4pm.
The team will be on hand to give visitors guided tours of Vulcan XL426 and for an additional small fee you can even climb inside the cockpit.
Also on display will be a WE177B nuclear bomb, carried by the Vulcan during its time with the Royal Air Force, as well as examples of the 1,000 lb 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 fighter bomber, a selection of historic Royal Air Force 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.
“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 allows you entry to the Vulcan’s parking area to walk around the aircraft, take a guided tour if you wish and take photographs. An additional £3.50 per person applicable to both adults and under-16s will gain you entry for a tour of XL426's cockpit.
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.
Cockpit visits take place every 15 minutes and are done on a timed ticket basis, so there is no need to stand and queue. Space is limited so cockpit visit tickets are subject to availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone!
Entry is free for Vulcan Restoration Trust members.
Note about car parking:
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 are advised 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.
Details of train times, local bus services and car parking charges can be found on the London Southend Airport website: www.southendairport.com