Lancaster bombers to fly together on UK summer tour

PA474 The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Lancaster was repainted with Disney's Thumper logo in tribute to the Dambusters

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The only two Lancaster bombers still flying will come together later this year as a "special salute" to all the veterans of Bomber Command.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based in Lincolnshire, and home to PA 474, will host the Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

The two aircraft will take part in a series of events during August.

The Canadian Lancaster will also conduct a limited number of flights from Humberside Airport.

The Avro Lancaster is one of World War Two's most-recognisable British aircraft.

'Once in a lifetime'

An aviation giant

RAF Lancaster Bomber
  • The Lancaster bomber was designed by Roy Chadwick who was born in Farnworth, near Widnes, in 1893
  • The aircraft is best known for its part in attacking German dams in 1943
  • A total of 7,300 Lancaster bombers were built - 430 in Canada
  • The owners of a second Lincolnshire-based Lancaster bomber which featured in Dr Who and takes passengers for taxi rides are hoping to renovate it to an airworthy condition over the next few years
  • In 2012, the BBMF's Lancaster was repainted with a Disney Thumper logo in tribute to the Dambusters squadron

It is most famous as the aircraft involved in the Dambuster raids, which saw 19 Lancasters attack German dams with Sir Barnes Wallis's "bouncing bombs" in 1943.

A total of 55,573 airmen of Bomber Command died in WWII. Their average age was 22.

RAF Coningsby's Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason said: "To see these two aircraft flying at events together will be a unique sight and also an opportunity to truly commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice."

The Canadian Lancaster will arrive in England on 8 August after stopping en-route in Greenland and Iceland.

Sqn Ldr (Ret) David G. Rohrer, of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, said: "It's been something that has been in the back of our minds for many years and we always thought it would be very special to have the only two flying Lancaster bombers coming together."

He added: "To see these two airplanes with fighter escorts flying over the English countryside will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Canadian Lancaster The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster was one of about 430 built in Canada

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