Southend Airport to hold Vulcan Classic Jet Day

Southend Airport will be staging a Visit the Vulcan Classic Jet Day on Sunday August 22 for a chance to see the former Royal Air Force bomber Avro Vulcan XL426 up close.

Flying in to join the fun will be Hunting Jet Provost T5 XW324, which served as a training aircraft with the RAF for over 40 years from the 1950s and many of the trainees that flew it would have gone on to fly the Vulcan.

“XW324 was built in 1970 and is no stranger to London Southend Airport,” said Richard Clarkson, Vulcan Restoration Trust secretary.

“After retiring from the RAF, it was based at the old Aviator’s Flying Club at the airport in the 1990s and would often park alongside Vulcan XL426”.

Joining the Jet Provost will be a Folland Gnat T1, another ex-RAF jet trainer of the period, which will be flying in from its current base at North Weald.

Cockpit sections of several classic jets from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s will be present, including a Blackburn Buccaneer, McDonnell Douglas Phantom, SEPECAT Jaguar, Hawker Hunter and Supermarine Scimitar. A cockpit section of a de Haviland Chipmunk, the RAF’s basic trainer from the period, will also be attending.

In addition, Squadron Leader Joe Marsden will host free “pilot presentations” throughout the day where he will talk about his experiences flying the Vulcan in RAF service during the Cold War period.

Southend Radio Control Flying Club will be bringing along some of its large-scale aircraft for visitors to see. Darth Vader, R2D2 and more characters from Star Wars will be keeping everybody entertained courtesy of the UK Garrison Star Wars reenactors.

The Vulcan Restoration Trust is a registered charity and all money raised helps with the upkeep of this important local aircraft.

Tickets are available on-line at www.avrovulcan.com/events/visit-the-vulcan-august2021

Mick Ferris

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