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Avro Vulcan In the Cockpit Duxford (and more...) September 2021


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Hello

 

When I saw that IWM Duxford were offering the opportunity to sit in their Vulcan's cockpit, I jumped at the chance! The flood-lighting was harsh in the cockpit, so I apologise for the image quality!

I was delighted to see that there was so much activity on the airfield and that the beautiful BBMF Lancaster was still in temporary residence.

 

Pictures were taken on a combination of smart phone and Panasonic Lumix bridge camera.

 

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Looking up towards the flight deck

 

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The Captain and Co-Pilot were on the flight deck......

 

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....with from L-R, the Navigator (Radar), Navigator (Plotter), and Air Electronics Officer (AEO) on the lower deck, facing rearwards.

 

Moving on to other Duxford residents and visitors....

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Thanks for looking.

 

 

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Some great shots and what an opportunity to get into that cockpit! Looks smaller than I imagined...

Love that pic of the Bearcat and that lonely looking Lancaster. Great stuff.

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Don't Duxford charge quite a lot extra for going in the Vulcan? I wouldn't bother, there's other museums with Vulcans that are free to go in once you paid the entry fee or at a much lower price. XJ824 is a particularly well kept Vulcan, but it's not the only immaculate cockpit.

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The Midlands Air Museum (Coventry) and the Newark Aviation museum don't charge for climbing into either of their Vulcans. I was at the Hendon RAF Museum for an open-cockpit evening a few years ago and they were charging £25.00 to go inside their Vulcan. Suffice it to say, I didn't partake. 

 

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A lovely and varied set of images that have whetted my appetite for attending the Duxford BoB airshow next weekend. It's been many years since I entered a Vulcan cockpit and its good to see that XJ824 remains almost untouched from since when she arrived at Duxford in 1982.

 

Mark

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Thanks guys. I really enjoyed the day and was prepared to support IWM by paying to sit in the cockpit which was preceded by a 30-minute talk, charting the history of the Vulcan which my wife was also permitted to listen to. The guide also permitted my wife to climb the access ladder to have a peek inside.

 

I'm really looking forward to air show next weekend!

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On 11/09/2021 at 19:29, spruecutter96 said:

The Midlands Air Museum (Coventry) and the Newark Aviation museum don't charge for climbing into either of their Vulcans. I was at the Hendon RAF Museum for an open-cockpit evening a few years ago and they were charging £25.00 to go inside their Vulcan. Suffice it to say, I didn't partake. 

 

Chris.  

Went in XL360 on Tuesday 

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(Yet) another super set of pin-sharp photos by AD210!

 

So again I have to thank him for sharing ... I really should look-in at the IWM website more often - I wasn't aware the Vulcan was open for viewing!  My great loss.

 

Jonny

 

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On 9/12/2021 at 11:24 PM, SAT69 said:

Terrific pictures. I was surprised at how small the Vulcan cockpit appears to be.

Thanks for the kind words, SAT69. Like you, I was surprised at the size of the Vulcan cockpit, which seemed much smaller than a narrow-body airliner cockpit.

 

At least the pilots had ejection seats, compared to the three cew below who would need to jump out of the access door in an emergency.

9 minutes ago, Jonny said:

(Yet) another super set of pin-sharp photos by AD210!

 

So again I have to thank him for sharing ... I really should look-in at the IWM website more often - I wasn't aware the Vulcan was open for viewing!  My great loss.

 

Jonny

 

Thanks very much Jonny. I'm pleased that you enjoyed them. I am an IWM member, so get member newsletters, but I think that non-members can sign up for email updates.

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