The Vulcan Restoration Trust are pleased to announce that we will be holding four Visit the Vulcan open days at London Southend Airport during 2013 on the following dates:

Sunday 28 April
Sunday 16 June
Sunday 11 August
Sunday 29 September

Visitors will be able to get a close-up view of Vulcan XL426 and talk to the volunteers who look after her. There will also be the chance to climb inside the Vulcan’s cockpit and see at first-hand the cramped conditions in which XL426’s five-man crew had to work. Our Visit the Vulcan days are a vital part of our ongoing fund raising to help preserve Southend’s Vulcan.

The gates at each Visit the Vulcan day will open at 10.00 a.m. and last admission will be at 4.00 p.m. Small entry fee to be paid on the gate, plus an additional small fee (including children) for cockpit visits. The Vulcan’s cockpit is small so visits are subject to availability. Cockpit visits take place at 15 minute intervals and timed visit tickets can be purchased on the day to avoid having to queue. Ticket prices for each have yet to be finalised. Admission for VRT Members carrying a current membership card is free. VRT Members are also entitled to a free cockpit visit. We regret that no pets can be admitted to our Visit the Vulcan days because of airport regulations. Assistance dogs are permitted.

A selection of Vulcan souvenirs and memorabilia will be on sale from our stand. Teas, coffees, alcoholic beverages and lunches will be available throughout each day from the Lancaster Bar & Restaurant, which is situated next to the Vulcan.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive by train. 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. Those arriving by car can park in the airport’s short stay car parks which are situated by the new passenger terminal and for which there is a charge. The short stay car parks are situated approximately two to four minutes walk from XL426. Sadly we can offer no parking facilities to visitors (including disabled badge holders) other than those offered by the airport.

For more information visit the Vulcan Restoration Trust Website.