Arriving at Romford just before 7am, the crew, Dave Porter, Gary Quinnell, Steve Houston and Paul Wood readied the appliance and set off for Southend airport just after 7.30 with 240FLM starting first time thanks to the newly refurbished starter motor and engine servicing. The journey down to Southend was uneventful with Dave at the wheel but on Garys advice Dave negotiated the roundabout at Gallows Corner rather than try to get over the flyover.
The Vulcan Restoration Trust (VRT) treated us like royalty. We were given a VIP tour of the Vulcan cockpit
The gates were opened at 10am, and (apart from the Vulcan - obviously) we were the main attraction. Everyone wanted a bit of 240 - with some parents bringing their kids back several times such was the interest in her.
Tea and coffee was supplied by the VRT all day long, with a food stall available if you wished to buy burgers.
We were joined by our Chairman Peter Russell, along with Lady Julia mid morning, who supplied a box of famous brand of doughnuts for the crew.
The rain and wind was on and off all day, but the sun did show itself several times. To compliment the day, the Essex Yeomanry Band played appropriate music for several hours, and the electrics were powered up on the Vulcan to give a small demonstration.
The opportunity to get some photos alongside the Vulcan was hastily accepted with Gary lining 240 up alongside the aircraft as the crowds gathered around to snap away.
Gary did the honours driving back to Romford (via the fuel station to top the old girl up with fuel).
An excellent day for all concerned, and the amount of interest shown was beyond what we expected.