The Vulcan Restoration Trust is a registered charity that owns and maintains an ex-Royal Air Force bomber, Avro Vulcan B2 XL426, at London Southend Airport, Essex. XL426 is maintained in full ground working condition (i.e. it is not airworthy but its systems, including its engines, are kept in operating condition and the aircraft is capable of being taxied) as part of Britain’s aviation heritage and as a tribute to the men and women who flew and maintained the Vulcan during the Cold War. As part of their efforts they run a number of events throughout the year to support and promote the project.
Visit the Vulcan Days 2008
The Trust are holding four open days – titled Visit the Vulcan Days – for 2008 at Southend Airport, Essex, SS2 6YF on the following dates:
27th April 2008
29th June 2008
3rd August 2008
21st September 2008
Visitors will be able to inspect Avro Vulcan XL426 at close quarters, and have a guided tour of the cockpit. VRT Team members will be on hand to answer questions, and various stalls and refreshments will be available. Entry is £1.50, plus £2.00 for the cockpit tour. Gates open at 10am, and close at 4pm.
We would be grateful if you could add these dates to any 2008 events lists that you publish in your media, and promote them in any way possible.
The public will be able to inspect the latest work carried out on XL426 as the ‘426 Return To Power!’ appeal program progresses.
VRT Enthusiasts Events
On top of the The Trust is holding a further three ‘VRT Enthusiasts Events’ during 2008. A guest speaker, with ‘big-screen’ visual projection to support and add interest to the talking, headlines each event. The meeting will also include engineering updates on XL426, and the Trust as a whole. The VRT’s sales stand will be in attendance selling a multitude of merchandise. Teas, coffees and light refreshments are available all afternoon, as is a licensed bar. These events are very friendly and sociable events, as well as being informative and entertaining.
Saturday 26 July: Guest speaker – Wing Commander WA ‘Robby’ Robinson. We are thrilled to welcome famous test pilot and speaker ‘Robby’ Robinson who will be talking to us about his time with A V Roe & Co at Woodford on the Nimrod and Vulcan. Not to be missed! Robby will also be signing some of his highly acclaimed books on the day so bring your wallet!
Saturday 4 October: Guest speaker: Wing Commander Adrian Sumner. Adrian will be talking about interesting and varied career in aviation including his time in the RAF and his many hours on the mighty Vulcan.
A Christmas special event is planned for 7 December 2008, with a guest speaker and price yet to be confirmed. This will be a special-priced ticket-only event, and will include a buffet. Details will be released when available.
Admission to each event is free for VRT Members, with a suggested donation of £4.00 for non-members.
Start time is 12.00, with the entertainment beginning at 1.00pm.
The Events take place at Hawkwell Village Hall, Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4EH