Vulcan day for dads

Huge draw - crowds always flock to Vulcan open days

Huge draw - crowds always flock to Vulcan open days

First published in Southend

FAMILIES can climb inside a rare historic war plane at Southend Airport on Fathers’ Day.

The Vulcan Restoration Trust charity will hold an open day for XL426, the 52-year-old Vulcan bomber aircraft, at Southend Airport, on Sunday, June 15.

Visitors will be able to climb inside the cockpit to see where the pilots, navigators and air electronics officer worked, and imagine what it would have been like on a long seven-hour flight.

Trust member and former RAF pilot Joe Marsden, who flew the aircraft between 1973 and 1977, said: “Visitors get to see the aeroplane and talk to the enthusiasts who look after it.

“They can climb inside the aircraft and it’s possible to power it up, use the auxiliary engines, operate the air brakes – see, hear and smell it.”

More than 500 visitors attended the last open day in April, raising more than £2,000 towards its upkeep.

Trust secretary Richard Clarkson said: “It’s not just a fabulous day out, but also a superb way for us to raise much-needed-funds to keep the XL426 in tip top condition.”

The plane is one of only three Vulcans in the country that are still able to move, although it can no longer fly.

The Vulcan took over from the wartime Lancaster as the Royal Air Force’s long-range bomber. During the Sixties they were armed with nuclear weapons.

The XL426 first took to the skies on August 23, 1962. It served with several squadrons until the early Eighties, when it was used for training as well as for display at airshows.

Mr Marsden said: “It’s brilliant. It handles like a 100-tonne fighter.”

It was nearly sold to a French businessman in 1986, but when no agreement could be reached, it was purchased by Roy Jacobson who took it to Southend Airport.

When he struggled to pay the parking fees, aviation enthusiasts launched the Vulcan Memorial Flight Supporters Club to save it from being scrapped.

They became the proud new owners in 1993 and by 1995 it was able to move by itself for the first time in nine years.

The open day will run from 10am to 4pm. For more information visit www.avrovulcan.com

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11:04am Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Awesome aircraft the Vulcan.

Shame this one isn't airworthy and operational.
Awesome aircraft the Vulcan. Shame this one isn't airworthy and operational. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

11:34am Mon 9 Jun 14

roger moore says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Awesome aircraft the Vulcan.

Shame this one isn't airworthy and operational.
if the tories keep going with their cuts we won't have an airforce left :(
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Awesome aircraft the Vulcan. Shame this one isn't airworthy and operational.[/p][/quote]if the tories keep going with their cuts we won't have an airforce left :( roger moore
  • Score: 1

11:59am Mon 9 Jun 14

Dissappointed says...

That's an old picture. XL426 is looking much better now with a new coat of paint. Please come along and support this Southend iconic plane.
That's an old picture. XL426 is looking much better now with a new coat of paint. Please come along and support this Southend iconic plane. Dissappointed
  • Score: 12

5:41pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol
Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -9

5:52pm Mon 9 Jun 14

John Right says...

Nice bit of scrap that, can I get it onto a flat bed ?
Nice bit of scrap that, can I get it onto a flat bed ? John Right
  • Score: -6

6:36pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Southend Andy says...

Beautiful aircraft, love it when she fires up her engines.
Beautiful aircraft, love it when she fires up her engines. Southend Andy
  • Score: 6

7:19pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

These iconic aircraft need preserving. Played a vital role in The Falklands conflict with an epic bombing mission.

Be great to see them flying the Spitfire and Lancaster .
These iconic aircraft need preserving. Played a vital role in The Falklands conflict with an epic bombing mission. Be great to see them flying the Spitfire and Lancaster . Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

8:59am Tue 10 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

John Right wrote:
Nice bit of scrap that, can I get it onto a flat bed ?
More disrespect from you. Unbelievable the sort of lowlifes who inhabit these pages.

This is a piece of history you moron - and was instrumental in preserving the freedoms of the people of this country to spout crap like that.

Typical of a Labour group member... cannot bear anything that even smacks of patriotism.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Nice bit of scrap that, can I get it onto a flat bed ?[/p][/quote]More disrespect from you. Unbelievable the sort of lowlifes who inhabit these pages. This is a piece of history you moron - and was instrumental in preserving the freedoms of the people of this country to spout crap like that. Typical of a Labour group member... cannot bear anything that even smacks of patriotism. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

9:02am Tue 10 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol
Another one. We get two for the price of one on this thread.

If you or the other idiot had a brain you'd be dangerous. And the day you can measure up to the sort of men who flew this icon will be the day hell freezes over.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol[/p][/quote]Another one. We get two for the price of one on this thread. If you or the other idiot had a brain you'd be dangerous. And the day you can measure up to the sort of men who flew this icon will be the day hell freezes over. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

4:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol
Another one. We get two for the price of one on this thread.

If you or the other idiot had a brain you'd be dangerous. And the day you can measure up to the sort of men who flew this icon will be the day hell freezes over.
Bit strong!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Really!!! On fathers Day! God no. I won't be happy if this is what is intended as a gift From my children. It would be time to blow their inheritance. Lol[/p][/quote]Another one. We get two for the price of one on this thread. If you or the other idiot had a brain you'd be dangerous. And the day you can measure up to the sort of men who flew this icon will be the day hell freezes over.[/p][/quote]Bit strong! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

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