About the VRT

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. The Trust also seeks to educate the general public about the Vulcan and the important role it played in shaping Britain’s military history in the post-World War 2 era. The Trust’s aims and objectives as set out in its memorandum and articles of association are:

To preserve and protect Avro Vulcan aircraft and other aircraft which may or have been in the past associated with the Avro Vulcan as historical objects for the benefit of the public and to demonstrate and display such aircraft at public events.
The advancement of education of the general public in items of historical interest together with the associated equipment thereto in particular in the field of aviation.
All engineering, fund-raising and promotional work on behalf of the Trust is carried out by volunteers. The Trust is managed by its elected Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees:

  • Richard Clarkson (Secretary)
  • Paul Hartrup
  • Matt Lawrence
  • Andy Wagstaff
  • Peter Rainey

Registered Charity No: 1058111 (entered on the Central Register of Charities on 18 September 1996)
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 3203724 (registered in England and Wales on 24 May 1996)

VRT Enterprises Limited

VRT Enterprises Limited is a company wholly-owned by the Vulcan Restoration Trust and is responsible for the Trust’s trading activities. All profits made by VRT Enterprises Limited are donated to the Trust.