Selected dates

10.20am - 4.40pm

IWM Duxford

£45.00

Excludes admission to IWM Duxford

Climb aboard our Vulcan

The Avro Vulcan flying above the clouds
© IWM RAF-T 5730

Climb aboard our Vulcan

Join one of our expert IWM guides in a unique opportunity to gain access to the cockpit of our iconic Avro Vulcan and immerse yourself in the operating conditions experienced by those that provided Britain’s nuclear deterrent in the 1960s.

Vulcan XJ824

Interior of the Avro Vulcan at IWM Duxford
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Vulcan XJ824

The experience will begin with a 20-minute talk outside the aircraft exploring the history of our Vulcan XJ824 which acted as one of the main delivery agents of Britain's independent nuclear deterrent. Learn how the type was used in the Black Buck raid of the Falklands Campaign of 1982.

You will then spend 15 minutes in the cockpit where you’ll be shown the controls and crew positions, with our IWM guide explaining the role of each member of the crew. There will also be an opportunity to take photographs inside.

The experience will be held at the Avro Vulcan in the centre of our AirSpace building.  Please meet your guide near to the front of the aircraft .

Important information

  • Each time slot is for one person as we are only able to allow access to the aircraft one at a time.
  • If you are looking to book for more than one person, we would recommend that you book consecutive time slots.
  • This cockpit experience is suitable for adults only. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this experience to children of 15 and under due to the accessibility of the cockpit.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance, they are not available to purchase on the day.
  • Ticket does not include admission to IWM Duxford, which must be purchased separately.

Access Information

Diagram of the access dimensions for the Avro Vulcan cockpit experience at IWM Duxford
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Access Information

  • Access to the inside of the Vulcan is limited due to the nature of the aircraft.
  • To access the Vulcan’s cockpit, you must be physically fit to and able to climb two ladders.
  • The gap between the pilot’s seats is restricted and some visitors may not be able to gain access to the front of the cockpit.
  • Customers who have a concern regarding their ability to access the aircraft should contact us in advance to discuss their needs.
  • If your Guide feels it is not safe or possible for you to access the cockpit of the Vulcan, then we reserve the right to refuse access.

Cockpit dimensions

Access dimensions for the interior of the Avro Vulcan cockpit at IWM Duxford
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Cockpit dimensions

  • Book your ticket for In the Cockpit: Avro Vulcan

Social Distancing Measures

Your safety is our priority. Please take a moment to read about the social distancing measures we've put in place for this event.

Prepare for your Vulcan Experience

Cold War
Would you push the nuclear button?
It’s the big question put to candidates in the build up to every election: would you push the nuclear button? But the reality is far more complex than the question suggests.
The Type 42 destroyer HMS SHEFFIELD on fire after being struck by an AM.39 Exocet missile fired from an Argentine aircraft from a distance of 6 miles.
Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945
A Short History of The Falklands War
On 2 April 1982, Argentinian forces invaded the British overseas territory of the Falkland Islands. Argentina had claimed sovereignty over the islands for many years and their ruling military junta did not believe that Britain would attempt to regain the islands by force.
Greenham Common protesters stage a 'Die-in' outside the Stock Exchange during the morning rush hour in the City of London, 1982. Image © Edward Barber.
Greenham Common protesters stage a 'Die-in' outside the Stock Exchange during the morning rush hour in the City of London, 1982. Image © Edward Barber.
People Power: Fighting For Peace
Edward Barber And The British Anti-Nuclear Movement

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