XL426 - The Southend Vulcan


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Date 15th September 2001
Weather Cool and overcast with occasional sunshine towards the end of the day and fortunately for the fast taxi run.
Comment An excellent day spent with dedicated people who work very hard for a worthy cause. Please support them by finding out more about the 'Vulcan Restoration Trust' via the following link.
Link Vulcan Restoration Trust.

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Inside the 'business end' of XL426.

Perfect timing as the sun finally breaks through just as XL426 heads for the runway to perform its fast taxi run.

I have to say that the aircraft looks to be in superb condition and is a credit to the loving care and attention bestowed on it by the members of the Vulcan Restoration Trust.

Nice lighting conditions provided by the late afternoon sun as XL426 turns onto the Southend runway to exercise its Olympus engines.

For me it's been a long time since I last heard the incredible sound of the Vulcan and although short in duration it was well worth the visit.


The following pictures were taken before I started regularly using slide film and are therefore not as clear as my later pictures. However, they are good record shots that show XL426 during the 1984 - 85 display seasons when it was the RAF's display aircraft before being replaced by XH558 from 1986.


Lakenheath 1984

Pictured on static display at the 1984 USAFE 'Open House' at RAF Lakenheath.

RAF Lakenheath

Another early morning shot of XL426 at Lakenheath.

RAF Lakenheath 1984

Later in the day, XL426 basks in the evening sunshine. RAF Lakenheath 1984.

RAF Lakenheath 1984

XL426 is shown here being prepared for towing away from the static display area. RAF Lakenheath 1984.

Biggin Hill 1985

XL426 on display at the 1985 Biggin Hill Air Fair.

RAF Mildenhall 1985

A brilliant display was performed during Air Fete '85 at RAF Mildenhall.

RAF Mildenhall 1985

XL426 completes its 1985 Mildenhall display.

RAF Fairford 1985

Shown here performing a 'touch and go' during the 1985 International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

RAF Abingdon 1985

And finally........the last time I saw XL426 in the air, the 1985 Battle of Britain display at RAF Abingdon.

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