A complete interior and exterior tour of the aircraft, including the Cockpit. See the essential equipment required for the aircraft's Cold War role: Radar Stations, Gunner Position, Galley, Bomb Bay and much more!
Tours normally take place at weekends, at a mutually agreed date and time, where one of our Volunteers will greet you for a PERSONALISED TOUR.
Following purchase of your ticket, we will contact you (usually via email, but you can include a phone number in in the "Add a note" section in My Cart during checkout if you prefer), to agree a suitable date and time.
See Contact Us and Events web page for directions.
On arrival, one of our Volunteers will greet you at the small gate in the fence, next to Hangar 6. As we are on the 'Live' side of the airport, we work closely with the Airport Authorities to enable these tours. This means we must escort ALL visitors on site at all times, with access to the aircraft permitted only when our Volunteers are present.
WR963 is a vintage 1950's aircraft and has been kept original, so internal access can be awkward. The aircraft is parked on firm grass and is accessed via the rear crew door from a set of metal steps with handrails.
Once inside, the fuselage narrows towards the tail, which can be accessed by crawling across the tail spar. Forward of the crew door, we pass through the Crew Rest Area with Bunks and a full Galley, before entering the Crew Station. Two wing spars cross the walkway, approximately 3ft high but with stepped access either side. Various hand holds allowed the crew to move around during flight and these can be used by visitors too of course.
Past the Crew Station is the Cockpit area, with the Flight Engineer on the right just behind the Pilots and the Radio Operator on the left. The two Pilots’ seats are raised for better visibility, with hand holds for access.
Below and forward of the cockpit is the Forward Observers/Bomb Aimer/Forward Gunner position, accessed by carefully ducking down between the Pilots’ seats. Once on the flat floor below, the space opens up revealing the Bomb Aimer’s window and the raised swivel seat for the Forward Observer/Gunner, with excellent views forward, both in-flight and on the ground.
During your visit, our knowledgeable Volunteers will advise and assist with internal access. Outside, there is plenty to see too, including the impressive Bomb Bay and the rather large Undercarriage! This is all on firm, well-drained grass.