Two Lancaster Bombers and Vulcan aircraft line up for duty at Southend Airport

Lancaster bombers and the Vulcan at Southend Airport

Lancaster bombers and the Vulcan at Southend Airport

First published in News

BOMBERS from Britain's aviation past were reunited at Southend Airport in this stunning picture.

The Lancaster bombers have been seen over the skies of Southend in recent days and are due to take part in this weekend's Clacton Airshow.

They flanked the Vulcan XL426 aircraft, which is stationed permanently in Southend.

The Lancaster on the left, nicknamed Vera, flew in from Canada for the airshow, while the one on the right, nicknamed Thumper, is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and is stationed at RAF Conningsby.

The Vulcan is not airworthy so was towed across the runway at Southend to join up with the Second World War planes for this unique photo opportunity.

Joining the planes for the picture were a selection of Southend Airport pilots.

Roger Clements, the airport's managing director, said: "We were absolutely delighted that these wonderful aircraft that played such a huge and important role in British history decided to visit us here at London Southend Airport.

"It was a huge privilege to see them all side by side for the first, and probably the last, time.”

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5:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

jayman says...

WOW. a southend airport story by the echo that is actual 'news'..

The echo are to be congratulated on this auspicious occasion for not producing an advert, though the echo could have interviewed an RAF veteran instead of the airports managing director thus turning this story into PR for the airport and diverting the story from away from its newsworthiness.
WOW. a southend airport story by the echo that is actual 'news'.. The echo are to be congratulated on this auspicious occasion for not producing an advert, though the echo could have interviewed an RAF veteran instead of the airports managing director thus turning this story into PR for the airport and diverting the story from away from its newsworthiness. jayman
  • Score: 17

6:24pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Southend Andy says...

Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.
Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend. Southend Andy
  • Score: 13

10:27pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Southend Andy wrote:
Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.
I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August.
[quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.[/p][/quote]I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 11

7:07am Sat 23 Aug 14

Eastwoodian says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.
I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August.
One of the Lancaster's is Canadian . . . no both of them.

The other forms part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby, as correctly stated in the article above.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.[/p][/quote]I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August.[/p][/quote]One of the Lancaster's is Canadian . . . no both of them. The other forms part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby, as correctly stated in the article above. Eastwoodian
  • Score: 10

10:05am Sat 23 Aug 14

abd123 says...

Southend can run an air show it is just that the elected Coucillors chose to spend the money on other services. You can't beat putting it to the vote when there is a difference of opinion. Democracy has a lot going for it even if you don't agree with every outcome.
Southend can run an air show it is just that the elected Coucillors chose to spend the money on other services. You can't beat putting it to the vote when there is a difference of opinion. Democracy has a lot going for it even if you don't agree with every outcome. abd123
  • Score: 1

10:17am Sat 23 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

No surprise the bomber in the middle from Southend is a non runner....
No surprise the bomber in the middle from Southend is a non runner.... sesibollox
  • Score: -15

11:16am Sat 23 Aug 14

roger moore says...

abd123 wrote:
Southend can run an air show it is just that the elected Coucillors chose to spend the money on other services. You can't beat putting it to the vote when there is a difference of opinion. Democracy has a lot going for it even if you don't agree with every outcome.
they said they axed the airshow to save money but its funny how all these councillors can soon find money to suit their own needs isn't it. they are turning Southend into a boring town with their selfishness and greed :(
[quote][p][bold]abd123[/bold] wrote: Southend can run an air show it is just that the elected Coucillors chose to spend the money on other services. You can't beat putting it to the vote when there is a difference of opinion. Democracy has a lot going for it even if you don't agree with every outcome.[/p][/quote]they said they axed the airshow to save money but its funny how all these councillors can soon find money to suit their own needs isn't it. they are turning Southend into a boring town with their selfishness and greed :( roger moore
  • Score: 11

11:56am Sat 23 Aug 14

kevst183 says...

How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture? kevst183
  • Score: 6

12:13pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

kevst183 wrote:
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
right click and save...
[quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?[/p][/quote]right click and save... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 5

12:40pm Sat 23 Aug 14

kevst183 says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
kevst183 wrote:
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
right click and save...
Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?[/p][/quote]right click and save...[/p][/quote]Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry kevst183
  • Score: 3

1:14pm Sat 23 Aug 14

ccd says...

Fantastic to see but you'd think they'd have got a photographer who knew how to take such an auspicious photo properly. Should have had a grad filter on the sky to avoid those blown highlights. Hopefully someone did it right while they were set up?
Fantastic to see but you'd think they'd have got a photographer who knew how to take such an auspicious photo properly. Should have had a grad filter on the sky to avoid those blown highlights. Hopefully someone did it right while they were set up? ccd
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

kevst183 wrote:
Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
kevst183 wrote:
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
right click and save...
Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/photosales/in
troduction/

See above link
[quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?[/p][/quote]right click and save...[/p][/quote]Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry[/p][/quote]http://www.echo-news .co.uk/photosales/in troduction/ See above link Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

kevst183 wrote:
Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
kevst183 wrote:
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
right click and save...
Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/photosales/in
troduction/

See above link
[quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?[/p][/quote]right click and save...[/p][/quote]Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry[/p][/quote]http://www.echo-news .co.uk/photosales/in troduction/ See above link Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

1:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

kevst183 wrote:
Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
kevst183 wrote:
How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?
right click and save...
Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/photosales/in
troduction/

See above link
[quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevst183[/bold] wrote: How can I get a copy of the wonderful picture?[/p][/quote]right click and save...[/p][/quote]Thanks for that but I mean't a proper photo. Saving to pc is fine but when you try to enlarge it goes blurry[/p][/quote]http://www.echo-news .co.uk/photosales/in troduction/ See above link Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

3:03pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Audioman says...

I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site
indeed.
I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site indeed. Audioman
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Audioman wrote:
I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site
indeed.
What even the Vulcan...
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site indeed.[/p][/quote]What even the Vulcan... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 8

3:25pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Audioman wrote:
I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site
indeed.
What even the Vulcan...
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site indeed.[/p][/quote]What even the Vulcan... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Sat 23 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night!

Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is.
I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night! Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is. RuleBritania
  • Score: -6

6:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Audioman wrote:
I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site
indeed.
Sight not site moron...
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site indeed.[/p][/quote]Sight not site moron... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -4

7:41pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

RuleBritania wrote:
I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night!

Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is.
Planker
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night! Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is.[/p][/quote]Planker Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 6

7:41pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

RuleBritania wrote:
I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night!

Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is.
Planker
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: I hope they are nice and noisy and keep Jayman awake all night! Saying that he is probably up all night voting all the positive comments about the airport down the sad banker he is.[/p][/quote]Planker Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 7

5:23pm Sun 24 Aug 14

eric naylor says...

shame about the sky, very over enhanced in photoshop and spoils an otherwise perfect photo, I think they did a similar photo shoot at Waddington with the flying Vulcan in early August.
shame about the sky, very over enhanced in photoshop and spoils an otherwise perfect photo, I think they did a similar photo shoot at Waddington with the flying Vulcan in early August. eric naylor
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Letmetryagain says...

Robin Reliant wrote:
Southend Andy wrote:
Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.
I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August.
Where do you get your information ?

One Lancaster has been flying with the BBMF for a long time now, and is
based at Coningsby,
The other is based at Hamilton in Canada, and is owned and flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Where it has flown since 1988.

Nothing to do with the Canadian Airforce.

In the same way that the Vulcan XH558, is not flown by the RAF.
[quote][p][bold]Robin Reliant[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend Andy[/bold] wrote: Absolutely beautiful aircraft. Fantastic too see them together, such a shame they won't be flying our Southend.[/p][/quote]I saw them ALL at Clacton airshow Thursday, Not many chances left to see the Vulcan as next year could be the last time it will do the airshows it was awesome in the air, Clacton was busy and very successful, well run, well placed together, maybe Tendring Council could call SBC with some tips on doing a good airshow( and a 2 dayer at that) just like SBC offered Eastbourne when they lost the pier to fire last month, the Lancasters are the only 2 in the world flying and belong to the Canadian Airforce, they made the trip over here early August.[/p][/quote]Where do you get your information ? One Lancaster has been flying with the BBMF for a long time now, and is based at Coningsby, The other is based at Hamilton in Canada, and is owned and flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Where it has flown since 1988. Nothing to do with the Canadian Airforce. In the same way that the Vulcan XH558, is not flown by the RAF. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 5

7:29pm Thu 28 Aug 14

stopmoaning1 says...

Audioman wrote:
I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site
indeed.
And when you wake up you'll be back in the room.

The Vulcan wasn't around in WW2
[quote][p][bold]Audioman[/bold] wrote: I remember seeing them all flying in WW2,what a great site indeed.[/p][/quote]And when you wake up you'll be back in the room. The Vulcan wasn't around in WW2 stopmoaning1
  • Score: 1
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