Plane fans see Vulcan taxi run at Southend Airport

The Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT), the registered charity responsible for the upkeep of Vulcan XL426, were grateful to air traffic control staff at Southend Airport on Saturday who found a slot so that a taxi-run could take place on a weekend.

Crowds of Vulcan Restoration Trust members were invited to watch the occasion and it was the first time XL426 had taxied in front of an audience for over a decade.

She didn’t let them down and looked magnificent as the pilot, Group Captain Bill Burnett (who flew Vulcans in the RAF), took her through her paces.

It is the first time XL426 has taxied for nearly a year (and had an engine replaced this year too), along with maintenance and restoration work, and this was the culmination of all the hard work of the team.

As Richard Clarkson, Secretary of the Vulcan Restoration Trust, said: “This was very much a celebration of all the work that has been completed. As a registered charity we preserve and display XL426 for the benefit of the public and our intention is to do more taxi-runs for everyone to see.”

The Vulcan made two taxi-runs down the main runway reaching a speed of over 80 knots on each.

Once complete, XL426 was parked outside the VRT hangar and members had an opportunity to climb inside the cockpit.


Mick Ferris

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