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Lancaster rededication

Lancaster bomber rededication

Battle Of Britain Lacaster Re-Fit

The only remaining flying Lancaster bomber in Europe has had a six-month refit. Look North's cameras were allowed in to see the vital maintenance taking place on the historic World War Two aircraft, now returned to active flying.

The PA474 model, which is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, is part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It was stripped and rebuilt by specialist firm Air Atlantique.

More than 7,000 Lancasters were built during the 1940s and played a major part during World War II. The only other flying Lancaster is in Canada.

The Battle of Britian Memorial Flight officially begins its 50th season of flying from April 27th 2007 with the rededication of the Lancaster bomber - named 'City of Lincoln'.

Wartime pilot, Ron Clarke

Wartime pilot, Ron Clarke

Currently it is repainted to represent an aircraft called "Phantom of the Ruhr", which completed a hundred and twenty one missions during the war, serving with 100 and 550 Squadrons.

Its wartime pilot, Ron Clarke, unveiled the nose art in the morning, and local Bomber Command veterans were guests at RAF Coningsby to see it fly.

The 50th season begins in earnest next weekend, when all the flight's Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster will be flying for the first time together at a special BBMF day at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.

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