AVIATION enthusiasts enjoyed the "howl" of an historic RAF bomber as it blasted down Southend Airport's runway for its first high-speed taxi run of the year.

Visitors enjoyed uninterrupted views across the airport from an exclusive enclosure while the Vulcan XL426 carried out two twilight taxi-runs on Saturday, with the second pass at high-speed.

This gave enthusiasts plenty of chances to take photos of the iconic aircraft.

Hundreds attended the sold-out event to witness the aircraft thundering down the runway while the sun dipped below the horizon.

The Vulcan then headed back to shut down engines in front of the enclosure, much to the delight of attendees.

The Vulcan Restoration Trust has been looking after the legendary aircraft since 1993 and host these events every year in an effort to preserve the plane.

Its engineering programme aims to keep XL426 as a "live" ground running aircraft for at least the next 20 years.