Three historically significant aircraft met up at London Southend Airport on Thursday 21st August for an occasion never to be repeated at this location.
The Southend Vulcan Restoration Trust’s Avro Vulcan bomber XL426 was joined by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Avro Lancaster (“Thumper”) and the Canadian Avro Lancaster (“Vera”) in a once in a lifetime opportunity.
You will not be able to visit the Lancasters that leave beforehand, but the Vulcan will be open to the public this Bank Holiday Sunday 24th August near the appropriately named Lancaster Café at the airport. Opening times are 10 am to 4 pm and entry is just £3 for adults with children under 16 free. For an additional £2.50 per head you can climb into the Vulcan cockpit and hear all about the aircraft in its operational role.
You will also have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and even join the Vulcan Restoration Trust to play your part in preserving your local Vulcan aircraft for the future.