Vulcan XL426 – Southend

Aviation Experience XL426We would like to congratulate the Vulcan Restoration Trust on their news that XL426 is to be moved to it’s own hangar, see below the press release from Monday 15th May.

See the review for our trip on 18th June 2017 here.


Saturday 20th August 2017

Aviation Experience trip to see XL426 in the new hangar for the first official open day

We were blessed with excellent weather and a straightforward drive down to Southend.

Our group were welcomed by Jamie Keene who worked hard all day and so too did the fabulously enthusiastic volunteers.  One of our group won the opportunity to sit in the co-pilot’s seat during the power on systems demonstration and his face was a picture of joy afterwards.  There were a number of cockpit sections from Doncaster’s own South Yorkshire Aviation Museum for visitors to explore and there were also a number of other activities inside and out of the hangar.  One of the highlights of the day was the taxi past the hangar of a Spitfire, flown by Andy Millikin.  His flypast was superb and what a wonderful sound that Griffon engine made.  The Aviation Experience Team apologise for this video, we are still honing our video editing and making skills, but I hope this gives you a taste of this super day.


Vulcan XL426 to Move to Hangar at London Southend Airport

We are very delighted to let everyone know that Vulcan XL426 will soon be 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 was moved off her parking pan on the airport’s eastern perimeter for the final time on 5 May to a temporary holding location until the hangar is ready.

We expect to move XL426 into Hangar 6 in the next few weeks.

Since the beginning of May our volunteers have been busy, assisted by London Southend Airport, getting the hangar ready for XL426’s arrival. This work has included: upgrading of the hangar’s electrical services, replacement of ceiling tiles, bringing the hangar doors back into full operation, and an extensive amount of cleaning and tidying. The hangar, together with the adjacent Hangar 5, which we will use for storing our ground equipment and spares, measures some 4,000 square metres.

We have been in negotiation with London Southend Airport since early 2017 over the new site and agreement to relocate XL426 to Hangar 6 was reached at the end of April. The move is necessary due to extra car parking space being needed for the increasing numbers of passengers using the airport. This extra space includes the area of XL426’s former parking pan, meaning we had to find a new home for the Vulcan.

Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation has said: “The Vulcan is a key part of the history of London Southend Airport and is incredibly popular with visitors, so we have been very pleased to work with the Trust to provide it with a new home that helps their objective of creating an even better visitor experience, at the same time as helping us grow as an airport.”

London Southend Airport has been incredibly positive and helpful throughout the whole process and we can’t thank them enough for the support they have provided and will continue to provide. A roof over XL426’s head is really a dream come true for us and opens up many opportunities, both in terms of engineering and getting XL426 open to the public more often.

London Southend Airport is aware that we’re a totally voluntary body and is assisting us practically and financially with XL426’s move so that the costs, and the ongoing cost of running the hangar, remain affordable. We will, however, soon be launching a campaign to raise funds to improve our engineering facilities and to make the hangar a high quality environment in which the public can visit XL426.

In the meantime, though, anyone wishing to contribute can do so via our website http://www.avrovulcan.com. All donations will be very gratefully received. In keeping with our policy of total openness, we must point out that our lease contains a break clause. London Southend Airport, however, has said it does not envisage ever implementing this. The lease on our former parking pan contained a similar clause and we survived there for over two decades!

The first chance to see XL426 in its new home will be on Fathers’ Day, Sunday June 18th, when we are holding our next Visit the Vulcan Day. Further Visit the Vulcan Days will take place on Sunday August 20th and Sunday September 24th.

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Click here if you are interested in the Father’s day (18th June) visit to see XL426 in her new hangar.