Selected dates

10.20am - 4.40pm

IWM Duxford

£45.00

Excludes admission to IWM Duxford

Climb aboard our Vulcan

An Avro Vulcan in flight
© IWM RAF-T 5730

Climb aboard our Vulcan

Sit behind the controls of our iconic Avro Vulcan, XJ824.

Join one of our expert IWM guides in a unique opportunity to gain access to the cockpit of this awe-inspiring aircraft.

The most famous of the "V bombers", the Vulcan was the cornerstone of Britain's airborne nuclear deterrent during the Cold War. 

Immerse yourself in the conditions experienced by the flight crews responsible for operating one of the most famous bomber aircraft in RAF history. 

Vulcan XJ824

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

  • Ticket does not include admission to IWM Duxford, which must be purchased separately.
  • 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 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.

Access Information

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

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.
  • 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
IWM

Cockpit dimensions

  • The cockpit height is 143cm.
  • The gap between the pilot’s seats is restricted (19cm) and some visitors may not be able to gain access to the front of the cockpit.

  • 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.
Vulcan video still
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The history of the Avro Vulcan Bomber

In this video, events and experiences coordinator Liam Shaw takes us through the extraordinary history and technological achievements of the Avro Vulcan. We go into the cockpit and hear first-hand from the people who flew this unique machine throughout its long and remarkable history.
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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