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Southend

'Vulcan Live' Experience 2022

Dates

3 September 2022

The ONLY private ‘Ground Engine Run’ Avro Vulcan Experience in the UK!

'Vulcan Live' is a one-day, self-drive tour and only available to a limited number of guests at our exclusive event on September 3rd 2022.

‘Vulcan Live’ – The History
The Avro Vulcan is a high-altitude, strategic bomber, which was operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984. With its gigantic, delta-shaped wing and sleek, graceful lines, the Avro Vulcan is one of the most distinctive aircraft produced in Great Britain since the end of the Second World War.

Early Avro Vulcans on the ramp, in their original anti-flash white paint scheme. The iconic delta wing shape is instantly recognisable.

Its pioneering design was fundamental in furthering our understanding of advanced aerodynamics, and it helped develop technologies that would later be incorporated into the design of Concorde.

As part of the Royal Air Force’s ‘V-Force’, the Vulcan was at the spearhead of the West’s nuclear deterrent and played a vital role preventing conflict during the darkest days of the Cold War. As a part of the V-force, the Vulcan was the backbone of the United Kingdom's airborne nuclear deterrent during much of the Cold War. Although the Vulcan was typically armed with nuclear weapons, it could also carry out conventional bombing missions, which it did in Operation Black Buck during the Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982.

The Vulcan was a key part of the 'deterrent' force during the Cold War. Here 617 Squadron take part in a practice scramble and amazingly get their aircaft airborne in just 2 minutes!


‘Vulcan Live’ - The Aircraft XL426
XL426 is a B2 Vulcan and was constructed by A V Roe & Co. at its Chadderton, and Woodford plants, making her first flight on August 23rd, 1962. After four further test flights, XL426 was collected by an RAF crew and entered service at RAF Scampton. From January 1971, and for the next 10 years, XL426 spent most of her time with 617 Squadron, although she also had brief spells with 27 Squadron and 230 OCU.


XL426 was one of four Vulcans that took part in the Falklands Victory Flypast over London in 1982 (although XL426 herself had not played an active role in the war itself). Withdrawal of the Vulcan from operational service did not spell the end of XL426’s flying days. Very much aware of the Vulcan’s tremendous public relations appeal, and already committed to several air displays appearances in the upcoming 1984 season, XL426 was kept airworthy for air display purposes.

XL426 was put up for sale during the summer of 1986 and agreement was reached with a French consortium for her purchase. The French deal subsequently fell through and XL426 was sold to Roy Jacobsen and delivered to her new owner at Southend Airport on December 19th, 1986, following a 20-minute flight from RAF Scampton. The VMFSC took over ownership of XL426 in July 1993 and subsequently re-formed as a registered charity, the Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT).



‘Vulcan Live’ – The Experience
Twynhams Tours are giving you the opportunity, as part of our private tour, to get up close and personal with one of the last remaining Avro Vulcans that taxi’s under its own power. You will have an extended tour of the VRT hangars and workshops, a full cockpit tour and then the highlight of the day will be the four Olympus engines completing a ground run, exclusively for our private group.



Your Tour starts at 10.00hrs with arrival tea/coffee and pastries and then moves on to a detailed briefing, from one of the VRT crew members about the days itinerary. Once the briefing is complete, we will split up into smaller groups and each group will have an experienced member of the VRT team as an expert guide.

Group One will now have a true 'behind the scenes' tour of the various departments within the hangar. This includes the engineering and workshop areas, administration, archives, support vehicles and spares. Maintaining a historic military jet engined bomber, requires a huge amount of time, money, effort and spares....as you will see!

Group Two will move out onto the airfield and visit the star of the show - XL426. Your guide will provide a detailed walk-round of the outside of the Vulcan, giving a truly close-up view of the mighty delta’s incredible engineering. Then it's time to climb aboard, for a guided visit to the cockpit. For many military aviation fans, the opportunity to sit in the Pilot's seat of this iconic V-bomber is a dream come true!  


Once both groups have exhausted their tour guides, it's time to switch around and you will get to experience the engineering or aircraft tour.

Lunch and soft drinks will be provided at approximately 13.00hrs and during this break a member of the VRT will present a light hearted look at the Vulcan in operation.

After lunch it's time for highlight of the day, the 'live' action, with our exclusive full ground engine run. This is your chance to hear the mighty Olympus engines in all their glory and literally 'feel' the power. 



At 15.30hrs we will reconvene for afternoon tea, coffee and cakes and a summary of the days events. Once you have had chance to purchase your Vulcan merchandise from the well stocked shop, it's time to make your way home.

'Vulcan Live' Experience - Crew Pass
As part of our exclusive experience we have arranged with the VRT to allow two guests to be in the cockpit of the Vulcan, during the Ground Engine Run. As well as the complete tour package outlined above, you will also receive the following:-

  • Be part of the full aircrew briefing, outside of the aircraft
  • Join the crew in the cockpit, 10 minutes before engine start
  • Listen to the Pilot and Co-pilot going through the engine check lists, over the internal intercom system
  • Experience the four Olympus engines spooling up and a 15 minute power run
  • Engine shutdown and de-brief
  • Signed fine art print of Vulcan XL426

    This 'Crew Pass' is the ONLY publicly available package, anywhere in the world, giving you access to the cockpit of a Vulcan, during a live ground engine run. There are only TWO of these packages available, and when they're gone, they're gone!


Self-Drive Tour
Please note that there are no transfers included in this tour. Although you will be part of our exclusive tour group you will be required to provide your own transport to Southend Airport. There is ample free parking for cars and motorcycles and no pre-registration for parking is required. If you are travelling in a small group and would like us to arrange private transfers for you please email sales@twynhamstours.co.uk and we will provide you with a quotation.

Maximum number of guests on this tour - 20

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Saturday 3 September 2022

'Vulcan Live' Experience 2022

SOLD OUT FOR 2022

Saturday September 3rd 2022

This Aviation History Tour includes behind the scenes access to the Vulcan Restoration Trust, a Ground Engine Run, Hangar Tour and cockpit visit with photo opportunity in Vulcan XL426.

Included in your package:

Tea/coffee & refreshments on arrival
VRT Team members available throughout the day & Presentation by the VRT team
Guided hangar and engineering tour
Cockpit visit, including pilot and co-pilot's seats and photo opportunity
Light lunch with soft drinks
Rolls-Royce Olympus Ground Engine Run
Afternoon tea and cakes
Private complimentary parking

****PLEASE NOTE ALL TICKETS & VEHICLE PASSES FOR THIS EVENT ARE SENT ELECTRONICALLY****

*Timings and your full itinerary will be confirmed 14 days in advance of the event. Price is per person and includes VAT. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. 'Buy Now' prices shown are per person and you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

SOLD OUT

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Saturday 3 September 2022

'Vulcan Live' Experience 2022 - Crew Pass

Sold out

Saturday September 3rd 2022

This Aviation History Tour includes behind the scenes access to the Vulcan Restoration Trust, a Ground Engine Run, Hangar Tour and cockpit visit with photo opportunity in Vulcan XL426. The 'Crew Pass' package also includes the incredible opportunity to enjoy the Ground Engine Run, with the Vulcan crew, inside the cockpit!

Included in your package:

Tea/coffee & refreshments on arrival
VRT Team members available throughout the day & Presentation by the VRT team
Guided hangar and engineering tour
Cockpit visit, including pilot and co-pilot's seats and photo opportunity
Light lunch with soft drinks
Afternoon tea and cakes
Private complimentary parking


Rolls-Royce Olympus Ground Engine Run - Inside the cockpit, including:

Be part of the full aircrew briefing, outside of the aircraft
Join the crew in the cockpit, 10 minutes before engine start
Listen to the Pilot and Co-pilot going through the engine check lists, over the internal intercom system
Experience the four Olympus engines spooling up and a 15 minute power run
Engine shutdown and de-brief
Signed fine art print of Vulcan XL426


****PLEASE NOTE ALL TICKETS & VEHICLE PASSES FOR THIS EVENT ARE SENT ELECTRONICALLY****

*Timings and your full itinerary will be confirmed 14 days in advance of the event. Price is per person and includes VAT. Subject to the standard T & C’s available from our website. 'Buy Now' prices shown are per person and you will need to buy a full package for every person in your group. For further information or to make a telephone booking please call our booking hotline 0800 5999 077 between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.

Ticket Availability

SOLD OUT