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    Vulcan XL426 to Move to Hangar at London Southend Airport

    We are delighted to let everyone know that Vulcan XL426 will soon be moving to a new home under cover at London Southend Airport.

    XL426 is relocating to the airport’s Hangar 6 for an initial five-year period. The hangar will become our engineering and visitor base. XL426 was moved off her parking pan on the airport’s eastern perimeter for the final time on 5 May to a temporary holding location until the hangar is ready.

    We expect to move XL426 into Hangar 6 in the next few weeks.

    Since the beginning of May our volunteers have been busy, assisted by London Southend Airport, getting the hangar ready for XL426’s arrival. This work has included: upgrading of the hangar’s electrical services, replacement of ceiling tiles, bringing the hangar doors back into full operation, and an extensive amount of cleaning and tidying. The hangar, together with the adjacent Hangar 5, which we will use for storing our ground equipment and spares, measures some 4,000 square metres.

    We have been in negotiation with London Southend Airport since early 2017 over the new site and agreement to relocate XL426 to Hangar 6 was reached at the end of April. The move is necessary due to extra car parking space being needed for the increasing numbers of passengers using the airport. This extra space includes the area of XL426’s former parking pan; meaning we had to find a new home for the Vulcan.

    Glyn Jones, CEO Stobart Aviation has said: “The Vulcan is a key part of the history of London Southend Airport and is incredibly popular with visitors, so we have been very pleased to work with the Trust to provide it with a new home that helps their objective of creating an even better visitor experience, at the same time as helping us grow as an airport.”
    London Southend Airport has been incredibly positive and helpful throughout the whole process and we can’t thank them enough for the support they have provided and will continue to provide. A roof over XL426's head is really a dream come true for us and opens up many opportunities, both in terms of engineering and getting XL426 open to the public more often.

    London Southend Airport is aware that we’re a totally voluntary body and is assisting us practically and financially with XL426’s move so that the costs, and the ongoing cost of running the hangar, remain affordable. We will, however, soon be launching a campaign to raise funds to improve our engineering facilities and to make the hangar a high quality environment in which the public can visit XL426.

    In the meantime, though, anyone wishing to contribute can do so via our website www.avrovulcan.com. All donations will be very gratefully received. In keeping with our policy of total openness, we must point out that the lease contains a break clause. London Southend Airport, however, has said it does not envisage ever implementing this. The lease on our former parking pan contained a similar clause and we survived there for over two decades!

    We will keep you updated with our progress and will post some photos of the hangar work – and the move – as we go along. You can also keep up-to-date by visiting our Facebook page.

    The first chance to see XL426 in its new home will be on Fathers’ Day, Sunday June 18th, when we are holding our next Visit the Vulcan Day. Further Visit the Vulcan Days will take place on Sunday August 20th and Sunday September 24th.

    Many thanks
    Rich
    Rich Clarkson (VRT Trustee)
    Vulcan Restoration Trust
    Preserving Vulcan XL426 at London Southend Airport
    Registered Charity No 1058111
    www.avrovulcan.com

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    Fantastic News, And a wonderfull testimony to all the years of hard work looking after her.
    Well done and thank you all.

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    Well done and good luck with the challenges ahead!
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    We're fully prepared - we think!
    Vulcan Restoration Trust
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    A massive well done to all of you and a thank you to a very understanding airport owners.

    I feel lots of photos heading this way!

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    Superb news!
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    Good news and good luck for the future, also nice to see an airport being so accomodating, especially in these days of increased hangarage shortage.
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    Hi All,
    Congratulations to both the Vulcan XL426 team and the Airport team on reaching an agreed strategy for the safeguarding of the Vulcan....

    Geoff.

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    What a wonderful piece of news! Clearly a lot of hard work as gone on to achieve this, best of luck for making it happen!
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    Fantastic. Well played guys.

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    Brilliant news. Well done, so pleased to see another Vulcan team achieving great things

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    Excellent news, and very uplifting to hear.

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    What, no time deadline, no £200,000 needed for the move.... no begging letters.... well done all and such a refreshing change.

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    We are keeping costs to a minimum but will need to do modest amount of fundraising to kit out the hangar and will be launching a campaign shortly. We will let everyone know when this is up and running.

    Rich
    Vulcan Restoration Trust
    Preserving Vulcan XL426 at London Southend Airport
    Registered Charity No 1058111
    www.avrovulcan.com

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    Please keep us abreast of this Rich, maybe crowd funding etc. I would be inclined to donate to worthy cause. My post, as probably was TonyT's, was slightly tongue in cheek to show that you are doing great things with limited resources, unlike another team who often steal the limelight. Yours is grass roots and worthy as I am sure every penny you raise goes into 426's longevity.

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    It was as Tony says and simply refreshing to see, I wish you all the success you so deserve and undercover is a fabulous outcome.

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