News

Here you will find a selection of interesting news items and articles from the world of the Vulcan Restoration Trust; ranging from tales from our engineering team to news and reports about our various events.

Southend’s Mayor Visits XL426

Southend’s Mayor Visits XL426

Latest

2 April 2019

The Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, Derek Jarvis, and Mayoress, Valerie Jarvis, together with other Southend Council dignitaries visited XL426 on 2 April.

They spent time viewing the iconic bomber and toured the Trust's workshops, where a replacement engine is in the final stages of being readied to be installed in the Vulcan.

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XL426 On The Move

XL426 On The Move

Engineering Latest

8 December 2018

XL426 carried out two successful taxi-runs at London Southend Airport on the afternoon of 8 December 2018.

The runs were part of an engineering exercise and the event was not open to the public, although some lucky enthusiasts in the airport car parks got a good view of XL426 as she taxied towards Southend's runway follwoing start-up on the airport's main apron.

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Icons of Flight Prize Draw Winners 2018

Icons of Flight Prize Draw Winners 2018

Latest

1 December 2018

Our 2018 Icons of Flight Prize Draw was made at our Christmas Event and Buffet on 1 December, with the winning tickets drawn by our guest speaker on the day, Rod Dean.

First prize was a seat on board Vulcan XL426 on a taxi-run at London Southend Airport.

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Squadron Leader Joe L’Estrange

Squadron Leader Joe L’Estrange

History

14 January 2018

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Squadron Leader Joe L’Estrange, Vulcan pilot extraordinaire and VRT Honorary Member, on 14 January 2018 following illness.

Joe was a vastly experienced Vulcan pilot, with 6,102 hours on type. He was renowned as a display pilot, something which put him in demand for air displays and other ceremonies (see photo).

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Vulcan XL426 – Statement Regarding Move Out of Hangar 6

Vulcan XL426 – Statement Regarding Move Out of Hangar 6

16 December 2017

On 26 November 2017 the Vulcan Restoration Trust and StobartGroup announced that it might be necessary for Vulcan XL426 to relocate from Hangar 6 at London Southend Airport.

Both parties are now agreed that, due to a number of redevelopment needs arising from the recent hangar fire at the airport, the Vulcan will be relocated.

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Slow Speed Taxi Test Completed

Slow Speed Taxi Test Completed

3 December 2017

XL426 carried out a successful slow speed taxy test at London Southend Airport on 3 December 2017.

Two power runs were carried out on the runway to a slow speed before XL426 returned the apron outside Hangar 6.

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2017 Prize Draw Winners Announced

2017 Prize Draw Winners Announced

2 December 2017

The winning tickets in the Vulcan Restoration Trust's 2017 Prize Draw were drawn at our Christmas Enthusiasts' Event & Buffet at Hawkwell Village Hall, Essex, on Saturday 2 December.

The tickets were drawn by our guest speaker at the event, Kevin 'Taff' Stone from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust. 

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Christmas Enthusiasts’ Event & Buffet 2017 Report

Christmas Enthusiasts’ Event & Buffet 2017 Report

Events

2 December 2017

A wonderful and interesting afternoon was spent listening to our guest speaker Kevin ‘Taff’ Stone from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

Taff talked about his role in the XH558 return to flight programme work and the engineering work needed to keep XH558 in the air during her eight seasons of display flying.

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Statement Regarding Possible Move from Hangar 6

Statement Regarding Possible Move from Hangar 6

28 November 2017

The hangar fire on 16 August 2017 at London Southend Airport has meant the airport’s owner, StobartGroup, is having to look at a number of options for relocating businesses on the site.

One of the options being considered would involve moving Vulcan XL426 from its home in Hangar 6 to another site on the airport.

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Visit the Vulcan Day on 20 August 2017 Report

Visit the Vulcan Day on 20 August 2017 Report

Events

20 August 2017

What an excellent day! Our August Visit the Vulcan Day at London Southend Airport was a huge sucess.

Alongside XL426 were the cockpit nose sections of aircraft that served with the Vulcan during its time with the RAF, including a Buccaneer, Jaguar and Hunter.

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VRT and XL426 in FlyPast

VRT and XL426 in FlyPast

1 August 2017

XL426 and the Vulcan Restoration Trust are the subjects of a four page feature in the September 2017 issue of FlyPast which went on sale on 1 August.

Titled “Queen of the South” the piece was penned by FlyPast Deputy Editor Steve Beebee who visited XL426 in her new home in London Southend Airport’s Hangar 6 on 5 July.

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XL426 Moves Inside and Hangar Appeal Launched

XL426 Moves Inside and Hangar Appeal Launched

26 May 2017

XL426 moved into Hangar 6 at London Southend Airport on Friday 26 May to begin a new life under cover after spending more than 30 years outdoors at the Essex airport.

Our volunteers, supported by the airport's staff, have spent almost a month getting the hangar ready for XL426's arrival.

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Vulcan XL426 to Move to Hangar at London Southend Airport

Vulcan XL426 to Move to Hangar at London Southend Airport

13 May 2017

We are very delighted to announce that Vulcan XL426 is moving to a new home under cover at London Southend Airport.

XL426 is relocating to the airport’s Hangar 6 for an initial five-year period. The hangar will become our engineering and visitor base. XL426 has been moved off her parking pan on the airport’s eastern perimeter to a temporary location until the hangar is ready.

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VRT 2016 Annual General Meeting

VRT 2016 Annual General Meeting

Events

9 April 2016

We were delighted to welcome renowned air display pilot Rod Dean as guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting and Enthusiasts’ Event on Saturday 9 April.

His talk was illustrated with photos from his own collection as well as a number of short videos, and he went through the technical details of the various aircraft in his usual entertaining and easy-to-understand style.

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Tow Bar

Tow Bar

Engineering

It has been a constant source of amusement for anyone involved with the Engineering Team over the years that the operating manual for the Vulcan tow bar states that it can be attached to the aircraft by two people.

We have never done it with less than four, most usually with five or six!

It's not that it's difficult but it is heavy to move and attaching it to XL426 needs several pairs of hands to carry out a number of functions, some of them simultaneously.

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Mobile Work Top

Mobile Work Top

Engineering

Our mobile work top is a simple piece of kit but we couldnt do without it.

Over the years we replaced its wood top which had either rotted away or become broken so we put a good steel sheet in place and sprayed it with NATO green paint to match the rest of our ground equipment.

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XL426 Engine run

XL426 Engine run

Engineering

2015

We are delighted to be able to show you a unique, behind the scenes, video of an engine run and systems test.

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Powered Flying Control Units (PFCU)

Powered Flying Control Units (PFCU)

Engineering

2015

During 2015, Jamie Keene (Engineer) carried out a survey of all eight of Vulcan XL426's Powered Flying Control Units (PFCUs) to check critical adjustments.

Paul Hartrup (Trustee and Lead Engineer) has spent time stripping down the PFCUs and renovating them where necessary over the past years, frequently replacing leaky oil seals.

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Three Avro Sisters Together

Three Avro Sisters Together

Events

21 August 2014

Vulcan XL426 was joined by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster PA474 and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster FM213 at London Southend Airport on a Thursday 21 August 2104.

The three Avro aircraft were lined-up on the Southend main apron for what was likely to be in a once in a lifetime photo opportunity.

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Cherry Picker

Cherry Picker

Engineering

2014

With the top of XL426's fin being some 27 feet above ground, getting access to the Vulcan's fin and rudder has always been a challenge.

Up until now we have used our set of giraffe steps but things can now change following our acquiring this year of a cherry picker.

The cherry picker is now in service making it easier for our engineering team to get to those 'hard to reach' places.

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