The Vulcan - Holiday Inn Southend

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Vulcan Restoration Trust is a registered charity that owns and maintains an ex-Royal Air Force bomber, Avro Vulcan B2 XL426, at London Southend Airport which is located beside us here at Holiday Inn Southend.

XL426 is maintained in full ground working condition (i.e. it is not airworthy but its systems, including its engines, are kept in operating condition and the aircraft is capable of being taxied) as part of Britain’s aviation heritage and as a tribute to the men and women who flew and maintained the Vulcan during the Cold War.

The Vulcan Restoration Trust maintain XL426 in ‘live’ ground running condition, one of only three Vulcans in the world to be preserved this way. Their engineering programme aims to keep XL426 as a ‘live’ ground running aircraft for at least the next 20 years.

As a registered charity, all the work on XL426 is for the benefit of the public. They do open XL426 to visitors regularly at our popular ‘Visit the Vulcan’ Days during the spring, summer and autumn.

Check out their website here for more details on future events and open days.

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