ONLY ONE AVAILABLE - an exclusive ticket which includes:
Admission - Full Aircraft Tour* - Lunch from our friends at "The Light Apron" Cafe - Operate Flight Controls - On Board Seat for the Engine Run (and visit the Co-pilot's seat during the run) - Goodie Bag - Celebrity Status as you draw the Raffle to close the Event!
Experience the sights, sounds and smells of WR963, as her four mighty Rolls-Royce Griffons are brought to life and run up with you on board. Listen in as the crew complete their checklists, gaining a unique insight into how she is operated.
An unforgettable experience.
*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!
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.
All proceeds to the general upkeep, restoration, preservation and operation of Avro Shackleton WR963, her associated Ground Support Equipment and the maintenance of her companion Zebedee's cockpit section.