The Avro Vulcan is considered to be one of the most distinctive aircraft produced in Great Britain since the end of World War II. The design has played a fundamental role in furthering the field of aerodynamics and would help the development of later technologies such as the Concorde. The Avro Vulcan XL426 served in the Royal Air Force from 1962 to 1986. Once the Vulcan Bomber was retired, it was bought by a private buyer and kept in storage at Southend Airport, Essex. The ownership of the Vulcan Bomber was transferred to the Vulcan Restoration Trust in 1993. Under the Trust, the XL426 went under extensive restoration.